Conyer Clayton is an Ottawa-based multidisciplinary artist, editor, and gymnastics coach who aims to live with compassion, gratitude, and awe.
Conyer's debut full-length poetry collection, We Shed Our Skin Like Dynamite, was released May 2020 with Guernica Editions. She also released her first solo musical EP, Further Behind You, on May 1, 2020.
Conyer has 7 chapbooks: Sprawl (forthcoming with Collusion Books, Fall 2020, written jointly with Manahil Bandukwala), 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, Room Magazine, The Maynard, Black Bough Poetry, Parentheses Journal, Transom, Puddles of Sky Press, Coven Editions, and CAROUSEL.
In August 2018, Conyer released a collaborative album, If the river stood still, 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.
Conyer is a happy member of the creative collective, VII:
VII is seven voices fused into one exquisite corpse: Manahil Bandukwala, Ellen Chang-Richardson, Conyer Clayton, nina jane drystek, Chris Johnson, Margo LaPierre and Helen Robertson. Based on the belief that seven minds are better than one and that many ideas make joyous chorus, we say: We are I and I is VII. Formed in March 2020, VII is based in Ottawa, Ontario, the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishinabeg First Nation.
Conyer is a first reader for ARC Poetry Magazine and writes reviews for Canthius. Conyer is also a professional editor, with a focus in poetry.