Triny Finlay was born in Melbourne, Australia and grew up in Toronto. She is a queer poet, writer, teacher and mother whose new serial long poem, Myself A Paperclip (Goose Lane, 2021), captures the echoes, vibrations, and realities of debilitating mental illness, psych ward life, and stigma. She is also the author of Splitting Off (Nightwood Editions, 2004), Histories Haunt Us (Nightwood Editions, 2010), and the chapbooks You don’t want what I’ve got (Junction Books, 2018) and Phobic (Gaspereau Press, 2006). Her writing has appeared in anthologies and periodicals such as Arc Poetry Magazine, Breathing Fire 2: Canada’s New Poets, Contemporary Verse 2, The Fiddlehead, The Globe & Mail, Grain, G U E S T, The London Reader (UK), The Malahat Review, Marsh Blue Violet: A Queer New Brunswick Anthology, Periodicities, Plenitude, Reversing Falls, Ryga, The Temz Review, and Untethered. She lives in Fredericton, where she teaches English and Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick.
Triny reading at Cool Hand of A Girl, Toronto, June 2018
(photo by Ally Fleming)