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Bardia Sinaee

Bardia Sinaee was born in Tehran, Iran, raised in Mississauga and currently lives in Toronto. He earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of Guelph. His poems have been published widely in Canadian magazines and anthologies. He published a couple of chapbooks prior to issuing his debut collection of poems, Intruder, with House of Anansi Press in 2021.

Poetry (Chapbook)

Blue Night Express

Toronto: Anstruther Press, 2015.

Limited ed. of 100 copies.



Toronto: House of Anansi Press, 2021.
PS8637.I49 I58 2021

Publisher’s Synopsis (From its website)

Bemused and droll, paranoid and demagogic, Sinaee’s much-anticipated debut collection presents a world beset by precarity, illness, and human sprawl. Anxiety, hospitalization, and body paranoia recur in the poems’ imagery — Sinaee went through two-and-a-half years of chemotherapy in his mid-twenties, documented in the vertiginous multipart prose poem “Twelve Storeys” — making Intruder a book that seems especially timely, notably in the dreamlike, minimalist sequence “Half-Life,” written during the lockdown in Toronto in spring 2020.

Progressing from plain-spoken dispatches about city life to lucid nightmares of the calamities of history, the poems in Intruder ultimately grapple with, and even embrace, the daily undertaking of living through whatever the hell it is we’re living through.

Awards and Honours

2022 Trillium Book Award for Poetry (Winner)

Poetry (Chapbook or Broadside)

Ottawa, Ont.: Apt. 9 Press, 2012.

Limited ed. of 50 copies.
1 leaf, illustrated.

Poetry (Chapbook)

Salamander Festival

Toronto: Odourless Press, 2018.


Publisher Anstruther Press

Publisher House of Anansi Press