Contemporary Canadian Literature with a Distinctly Urban Twist

Anvil Press

Vi Khi Nao & Sarah Burgoyne

VI KHI NAO is the author of six poetry collections: Fish Carcass (Black Sun Lit, 2022), A Bell Curve Is a Pregnant Straight Line (11:11 Press, 2021), Human Tetris (11:11 Press, 2019), Sheep Machine (Black Sun Lit, 2018), Umbilical Hospital (Press 1913, 2017), The Old Philosopher (winner of the Nightboat Prize for 2014), and of the short story collection A Brief Alphabet of Torture (winner of the 2016 FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize) and the novel Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016). Her work includes poetry, fiction, film, and cross-genre collaboration. She was the fall 2019 fellow at the Black Mountain Institute. Visit 

SARAH BURGOYNE is a Canadian experimental poet. Her second collection, Because the Sun, was published with Coach House Books in April 2021 and was nominated for the A.M. Klein Prize in Poetry. Her first collection, Saint Twin (Mansfield: 2016), was a finalist for the A.M. Klein Prize in Poetry (2016), awarded a prize from l’Académie de la vie littéraire (2017), and shortlisted for a Canadian ReLit Award. Other works have appeared in journals across Canada and the U.S., have been featured in scores by American composer J. P. Merz, and have appeared with or alongside the visual art of Susanna Barlow, Jamie Macaulay, and Joani Tremblay. Visit

Books by Vi Khi Nao & Sarah Burgoyne