Conyer Clayton is an Ottawa-based multidisciplinary artist who aims to live with compassion, gratitude, and awe.
Conyer's debut full-length poetry collection, We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite, is forthcoming with Guernica Editions, May 2020.
Conyer has 6 chapbooks, Trust Only the Beasts in the Water (above/ground press, 2019), / (post ghost press, 2019)Undergrowth (bird, buried press), Mitosis (In/words Magazine and Press) and For the Birds. For the Humans. (battleaxe press), and The Marshes (& Co Collective) in 2017. Her work has been published widely in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K., including ARC, The Fiddlehead, The Capilano Review, filling station, Prairie Fire, The Maynard, Black Bough Poetry, Parentheses Journal, Transom, Puddles of Sky Press, Coven Editions, and phafours press.
In August 2018, Conyer released her first album, If the river stood still, in collaboration with Nathanael Larochette. This album fuses poetry and music to take the listener on a journey through loss, grieving, healing, and understanding. This album was released alongside its sister project, Mitosis.
In 2017, she won ARC's Diana Brebner Prize for her poem "Seeds," and 3rd place in the 2017 Prairie Fire Banff Center Carman Bliss Poetry Contest for "What you actually lost." In 2018, she was awarded the honourable mention in The Fiddlehead's 2018 Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize for her piece "Recurrent, " and her poem "Southern Belle" was long-listed for Vallum Magazine's 2018 Poem of the Year. She had 2 poems long-listed for the The New Quarterly's 2019 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Contest. She was the co-winner, alongside Bardia Sinaee, of The Capilano Review's 2019 Robin Blaser Poetry Prize.