Chris Gilpin

Chris Gilpin

Chris is the 2011 Vancouver Individual Poetry Slam Champion. He is also a two-time member of the Vancouver Poetry Slam Team (2008 & 2009), the champion of Vancouver’s 2008 Haiku Death Match, and winner of the Vancouver’s 2009 CBC Poetry Face-off.

He has toured the Canadian Fringe circuit with his play “87% True: The Lies That Bind”, co-created with Rosemary Rowe. His literary work has been published in Geist, PRISM international, CV2, Poetry is Dead, Vancouver Review, The Canadian Review of Literature in Performance, and many others. He performs as part of the interactive multimedia clown rock supergroup Awesome Face.

Chris graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.A. Film Studies. His graduating film, “Remembrance Dance”, was an official selection of the 1999 Toronto International Film Festival.


I’m standing beside the ocean
trying not to check my email.

I’m sitting in an airplane
looking down at the tops of clouds
trying not to check my email.

 I’m being lowered into my grave
arms pinned to my sides
eyelids sewn shut
trying not to obsess
over who might
or might not
have responded
to this message.

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