Gary Barwin writes and performs fiction, visual and concrete poetry, music for live performers and computers, text & sound works, and literature for children and young adults. He has performed in Canada, the USA, Japan, and in Europe. Barwin was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and emigrated to Ottawa in the early 1970s. He graduated from York University with a BFA in Music and a BA in Creative Writing in 1985 where he studied writing with bpNichol and Frank Davey and music with David Mott, James Tenney, and Trichy Sankaran. Barwin received a PhD in Music Composition from SUNY at Buffalo in 1995. Barwin has been a teacher at Hillfield Strathallan College and at McMaster University. His most recent books are:
- The Porcupinity of the Stars, 2010.
- The Obvious Flap, a poetry collaboration with Gregory Betts, 2011.
- Franzlations: the Imaginary Kafka Parables, a poetry collaboration with Hugh Thomas and Craig Conley, 2011