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In 2005 John B. Lee was inducted as Poet Laureate of Brantford in perpetuity. The same year he received the distinction of being named Honourary Life Member of The Canadian Poetry Association. In 2007 he was made a member of the Chancellor's Circle of the President's Club of McMaster University. A recipient of over sixty prestigious international awards for his writing he is winner of the $10,000 CBC Literary Award for Poetry, the only two time recipient of the People's Poetry Award, and 2006 winner of the inaugural Souwesto Orison Writing Award (University of Windsor/Black Moss Press). In 2007 he was named winner of the Winston Collins Award for Best Canadian Poem. He has well-over forty-five books published to date and is the editor of six anthologies including two best-selling works: That Sign of Perfection: poems and stories on the game of hockey; and Smaller Than God: words of spiritual longing. His work has appeared internationally in over 500 publications, and has been translated into French, Spanish, Korean and Chinese. He has read his work in nations all over the world including South Africa, France, Korea, Cuba, Canada and the United States. He has received letters of praise from Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu, Australian Poet, Les Murray, and Senator Romeo Dallaire. Called "the greatest living poet in English," by poet George Whipple, he lives in Port Dover, Ontario where he works as a full time author.

League of Canadian Poets, 1981-present
The Canadian Poetry Association, 1981-2004
The Writers' Union of Canada, 1991-present
Canadian Children's Authors, Illustrators, and Performers, 1993-present
P.E.N. International, 1991-1999
Sport Literature Association, 1993-present
Society for Hockey Research, 1993-present
Canadian Author's Association, 1999-present
Honourary Life Member The Ontario Poetry Society, 2001
Honourary Life Member The Canadian Poetry Society, 2005

Published Books:
Poems Only A Dog Could Love, (poetry) Applegarth Follies, London, Ontario, 1976
Love Among the Tombstones, (poetry) Dogwood Press, Simcoe, Ontario, 1980
Fossils of the Twentieth Century, (poetry) Vesta Publications, Cornwall, Ontario, 1983
Small Worlds, (poetry) Vesta Publications, Cornwall, Ontario, 1986
Hired Hands, (poetry and prose) Brick Books, 1986
Rediscovered Sheep, (poetry) Brick Books, 1987
The Bad Philosophy of Good Cows, (poetry) Black Moss Press, Windsor, Ontario, 1989
The Hockey Player Sonnets, (poetry) Penumbra Press, 1991
The Pig Dance Dreams, (poetry) Black Moss Press, 1991
When Shaving Seems Like Suicide, (poetry) Goose Lane Editions, Fredericton, NB, 1992
The Art of Walking Backwards, (poetry) Black Moss Press, 1993
Variations on Herb, (poetry and prose) Brick Books, London, Ontario, 1993
All the Cats Are Gone, (poetry) Penumbra Press, 1993
These Are the Days of Dogs and Horses, (poetry) Black Moss Press, 1994
Head Heart Hands Health: A History of 4H in Ontario, (non fiction) Comrie Productions, Peterborough, Ontario, 1994
The Beatles Landed Laughing in New York, (poetry) Black Moss Press, 1995
Tongues of the Children, (documentary poetry and prose) Black Moss Press, 1996
Never Hand Me Anything if I am Walking or Standing, (poetry) Black Moss Press, 1997
Soldier's Heart, (poetry) Black Moss Press, 1998
Stella's Journey, (poetry and prose) Black Moss Press, 1999
Don't Be So Persnickety, (children's verse) Black Moss Press, 2000
Building Bicycles in the Dark: a practical guide to writing, (non fiction) Black Moss Press, 2001
The Half-Way Tree: selected poems of John B. Lee, (poetry) Black Moss Press, 2001
In the Terrible Weather of Guns, (documentary poetry and prose) Mansfield Press, Toronto, 2002
The Hockey Player Sonnets: overtime edition (poetry) Penumbra Press, Ottawa, Ontario, 2003
Totally Unused Heart, (poetry) Black Moss Press, 2003
The Farm on the Hill He Calls Home, (memoir) Black Moss Press, 2004
Poems for the Pornographer's Daughter, (poetry and prose) Black Moss Press, 2005
Godspeed, (documentary poetry and prose) Black Moss Press, 2006
Left Hand Horses: meditations on influence and the imagination, (Black Moss Press, 2007)
The Place That We Keep After Leaving, (forthcoming, Black Moss Press, 2008)
Island on the Wind-Breathed Edge of the Sea, Hidden Brook Press, 2009
Dressed in Dead Uncles, Black Moss press, 2010
Being Human, Sanbun Publishing, 2010
In the Muddy Shoes of Morning, Hidden Brook Press, 2010
King Joe: A Matter of Treason--The LIfe and Times of Joseph Willcocks, Heronwood Enterprises, 2011
Let Us Be Silent Here (2012) - Read a review of this book by Yosef Gotlieb
In This We Hear the Light (the Cuba poems), Hidden Brook Press, 2012 poems by John B. Lee, photographs by Tai Grove
You Can Always Eat the Dogs: the hockeyness of ordinary men, Black Moss Press, 2012

Published Chapbooks:
To Kill a White Dog, (documentary poem) Brick Books, 1982
The Day Jane Fonda Came to Guelph, (poetry) The Ploughman Press, Whitby, Ontario, 1996
What's in a Name: the pursuit of George Peacock, Namesake of Peacock Point, (essay) Dogwood Press, Brantford, Ontario, 1996
In a Language with No Word For Horses, (documentary poems) above/ground press, Ottawa, ON, 1997
The Echo of Your Words Has Reached Me, (poetry) Mekler & Deahl, Hamilton, Ontario, 1998
An Almost Silent Drumming: the South Africa poems, (poetry) Cranberry Tree Press, Windsor, ON, 2001
Thirty-Three Thousand Shades of Green, (poetry) Leaf Press, Lantzville, BC, 2004
Though Their Joined Hearts Drummed Like Larks, (documentary poetry) Passion Among the Cacti Press, Kitchener, Ontario, 2004
Bright Red Apples of the Dead, (poetry) Pooka Press, BC, 2004
How Beautiful We Are, (poetry) Souwesto Orion Prize, Black Moss Press, 2006
But Where Were the Horses of Evening, (Serengeti Press, 2007)
One Leaf in the Breath of the World, Beret Days Book, (winner of the Grassroots Chapbook award) 2009
Let Light Try All the Doors, Rubicon Press, (winner of the Rubicon Press chapbook award) 2009

Books Edited by John B. Lee:
That Sign of Perfection: From Bandy Legs to Beer Legs (poems and stories on the game of hockey), (anthology) Black Moss Press, 1995
Losers First: poems and stories on game and sport, (anthology) Black Moss Press, 1999
I Want to Be the Poet of Your Kneecaps: poems of quirky romance, (anthology) Black Moss Press, 1999
Following the Plough: poems and stories on the land, (anthology) Black Moss Press, 2000
Henry's Creature: poems and stories on the automobile, (anthology co-edited with Roger Bell) Black Moss Press, 2000
Smaller Than God: words of spiritual longing, (anthology co-edited with Brother Paul Quenon) Black Moss Press, 2001
Body Language: a head-to-toe anthology, (anthology) Black Moss Press, 2003
Witness: anthology of war poetry, (anthology) Serengeti Press, Mississauga, Ontario, 2004
Let Light Try All the Doors: words from La Roche D'Hys, (Mosaic Press, 2008)
Sweet Cuba: The Building of a Poetic Tradition: 1608-1958 Cuban poetry in Spanish with English translations by Dr. Manuel de Jesus Velazquez Leon and John B. Lee, Hidden Brook Press, 2010
Tough Times: When the money doesn't love us, Edited by John B. Lee, Black Moss Press, 2010
When the Full Moon Comes: poems and stories from Santiago de Cuba, selected and edited by John B. Lee, Hidden Brook Press, 2011
An Unfinished War: War of 1812 poetry and prose, selected and edited by John B. Lee, Black Moss Press, 2012
Beyond the Seventh Morning: poems on spirituality and nature, co-edited by Manuel Leon and John B. Lee, Hidden Brook Press, 2012

American Poetry Association's Annual Poetry Award, 1st place, 1985
Cross-Canada Writer's Quarterly, 2nd Runner Up, 1988
Roundhouse Poetry Award, 1st place, 1989 and 1990
The Nova Scotia Poetry Award, 1st place, 1989
Charterhouse Poetry Award of London England, short-list, 1990
CBC Radio Literary Award for Poetry, 2nd place, 1990
Milton Acorn Memorial People's Poetry Award, Runner-up 1987, Winner 1993 and 1995
The League of Canadian Poets Competition, Honourable Mention, 1993
Matrix Magazine Travel Writing Award, 1st Place, 1994
The Tilden Award, (CBC Radio/Saturday Night Magazine), Winner, 1995
Confederation Poetry Award, Honourable Mention, 1995
Humanitas Poetry Award, Honourable Mention, 1995
Canadian Writer's Journal Poetry Award, Honourable Mention, 1995
The Tilden Award, short list, 1996
People's Poetry Award, winner, 1996
Milton Acorn Memorial People's Poetry Award, short list, 1996
Arc Magazine Best Poem Award, Honourable Mention, 1996
Petro-Canada Poet Laureate, 1996
CBC Literary Awards, short list, 1997
Trillium Awards, Nominee, 1996 and 1997
Canadian Author's Association Literary Awards, Nominee, 1996 and 1997
Leacock Poetry Award, top-ten, 1997
O.A.C. Works in progress grants, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
Frith Press Chapbook Award, Honourable Mention, 1997
Acorn-Rukeyser Chapbook Award, short-list, 1998
Sandburg Livesay Short list, 1997 and 1998
People's Political Poem Award, winner, Winter 1997
Amethyst Magazine Harbour Writing Award, winner, 1997
Fiddlehead Magazine Poetry Award, short-list, 1998
Milton Acorn Memorial People's Poetry Award, short-list 1998
This Magazine's Great Canadian Literary Hunt, Honourable Mention, 1998
The Canadian Literary Awards, short list (CBC radio/Saturday Night, 1998)
People's Poetry Award, nominee, 1999
Canadian Author's Association Poetry Book Award, nominee, 1999
b p Nichol Chapbook Award, nominee, 1999
Pushcart Prize, Nominee, 1999
Literary Network News, Top Ten Canadian Poetry books, winter 1999
Literary Network News, Top Five Canadian Poetry chapbooks, spring 1999
University of Windsor Review Poetry Prize, third place, 2000
Cranberry Tree Press Poetry award, first place, 2000
Lexikon Poetry Award, 2000
Sandburg Livesay Poetry Award, Honourable Mention, 2000
Milton Acorn Memorial People's Poetry Award, short-list 1999-2000
Editor's Prize Open Window II
Shaunt Basmajian Chapbook Award Short list, 2003
The Great Canadian Literary Hunt, short list, 2003
Canadian Literary Award short list, 2002
Certificate of Excellence for outstanding achievement in literature, Ridgetown District High School Hall of Fame, April 28, 2002
Ontario Poetry Society Life Member, 2002
Eric Hill Award of Literary Excellence in poetry, Qwerty magazine and University of New Brunswick, spring 2003
Ontario Poetry Society chapbook award Honourable Mention, 2003
Eric Hill Award of Literary Excellence in poetry, Qwerty magazine and University of new Brunswick, 2005
CV2 poetry award, 2nd place, 2005
Shaunt Basmajian chapbook award, First Runner Up, 2005
Acorn Rukeyser chapbook award, short list, 2005
Canadian Poetry Association Life Member Award, 2005
appointed Poet Laureate of Brantford, 2005
Souwesto Poetry Award, 2006
Acorn Plantos People's Poetry Award short list, 2006
CBC Literary Awards, short list, 2006
Tracking a Serial Poet, short list, 2006
Canada Council Writers' Grant, $20,000 (spring 2006)
Vallum Poetry Award, 2nd prize, spring 2006
Winston Collins Award for the Best Canadian Poem of 2007

Contact information:
John B. Lee
Poet Laureate of Brantford and of Norfolk County
PO Box 984
415 Nelson Street West
Port Dover, Ontario N0A 1N0
Telephone: (519) 583-9027
Email John
Web site: www.johnblee.ca