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Carolyn Joan Clink was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She lived in Ralston, Alberta, until she was five. From 1964 to 1970, she lived in West Hartford, Connecticut, then settled with her family in Toronto, Ontario.
Carolyn is an accomplished poet who now lives in Mississauga (just west of Toronto) with her husband, science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer.
Carolyn and Rob met October 17, 1975, in their high-school science-fiction club, NASFA (of which Rob was cofounder), and were married on December 22, 1984, in a small ceremony at Carolyn's parents' house. Carolyn is the oldest of five children; her brother David Livingstone Clink is also a widely published poet.
Carolyn won the 2011 Aurora Award Canada's top honour in science fiction and fantasy in the Best Poem/Song category for her poem "The ABCs of the End of the World," first published in the anthology A Verdant Green. This was the first Aurora Award to be presented in this new category. Carolyn is thrilled to be the inaugural winner.
Carolyn has had two poems published in Analog, the world's number-one bestselling science-fiction magazine (July 1996 and October 1997; the cover of the latter issue is shown at left). She has also had poetry in all five volumes of Canada's acclaimed horror anthology series Northern Frights, in the science-fiction anthologies Tesseracts 4 and 7, and in the magazines Weird Tales, Chiaroscuro, Tales of the Unanticipated, Space and Time, Star*Line, and Gaslight, and in the Canadian SF magazines TransVersions and On Spec.
More recently, she had poetry in the Canadian anthologies The Stars As Seen from this Particular Angle of Night: an anthology of speculative verse and Land/space: an anthology of prairie speculative fiction.
Her tanka poem "cats worship" was selected for Dwarf Stars 2010: The Best Speculative Poems of Ten Lines or Fewer From 2010. (Actually should say "From 2009.")
Her poems have also appeared in many mainstream publications, including: Dalhousie Review, Poetry Toronto, White Wall Review, Hart House Review, Hazmat, Nōd, Gusts, and Sijo West. She was the $500 prize winner in McClelland & Stewart's "Celebrate Our City" contest, honoring Toronto's sesquicentennial, and the First Prize winner in Poetry Toronto's "Father's Day" contest.
Carolyn was Poet Guest of Honor at these SF conventions:
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Carolyn is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and both she and her brother David are members of the Algonquin Square Table poetry workshop, which meets every other Sunday, during the academic year, at the University of Toronto's Hart House; Carolyn and other members of her workshop gave a public reading there on November 24, 1999, and again on January 28, 2004.
Carolyn studied astrophysics for two years at the University of Toronto (1977-79), then earned a Bachelor of Technology degree in Graphic Arts Management from Toronto's Ryerson Polytechnic University (awarded 1983).
She worked for thirteen years for large commercial printing companies (Southam Murray and Quebecor Concord), the first five years as an estimator and the final eight as a production coordinator. In June 1997, she went to work full-time for Rob as his salaried assistant, in charge of all aspects of Rob's writing business except for the actual writing.
Carolyn is shown here with her brother David in 2001. (Photo by Peter Halasz) David has five poetry chapbooks. The first, His Name was Gord and he used to run with the bulls, was published by Junction Books in May 2001. The rest of his chapbooks were published by believe your own press: The Surly Blondes of Earth (February, 2002), A come-on from the horse on seventh avenue (October, 2002), Shapeshifter, (October, 2004), and One Dozen (May 2007).
His first real book of poetry, Eating Fruit Out Of Season
was launched July 10, 2008. His second book of poetry, Monster,
was launched November 4, 2010. Also published by Tightrope.
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You can email Carolyn Clink at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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More Good Reading
Carolyn's Afterword to Tesseracts