Originally born (1974) and raised in Halifax, NS, Matt Robinson moved to Fredericton, NB in 1998 to attend grad school at UNB. He remained in Fredericton and worked at the University of New Brunswick for a number of years.
In 2007 he returned to Halifax and worked in Residence Life with Dalhousie University until 2012. He currently lives with his family in Halifax, NS, and works as the Director of Housing & Conference Services at Saint Mary’s University.
His most recent full-length poetry collection, Some Nights It’s Entertainment; Some Other Nights Just Work, was released by Kentville, NS’s awarding-winning Gaspereau Press in Fall 2016 and a limited edition chapbook, The Telephone Game, appeared courtesy of London, ON’s Baseline Press in Fall 2017. Later in 2018, Against, a chapbook from Gaspereau Press, was released as another installment of their Devil’s Whim Occasional Chapbook series.
Against the Hard Angle, his fourth full-length collection, was released by ECW Press in 2010. A limited edition chapbook, a fist made and then un-made, was released in 2014 by Gaspereau Press as a part of their Devil’s Whim Occasional Chapbook series, and was subsequently shortlisted for the bpNichol Chapbook Award.
Previous poetry collections by Robinson include no cage contains a stare that well(ECW, 2005), a full-length volume of hockey poems; A Ruckus of Awkward Stacking(Insomniac, 2000), which was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Memorial and ReLitawards; and how we play at it: a list (ECW, 2002); as well as a limited edition chapbook from Frog Hollow Press, tracery & interplay (2004). An additional limited edition, letter-pressed chapbook, also titled Against the Hard Angle (Greenboathouse, 2009), was published in Fall 2009.
Matt’s poems have won a number of awards including the Petra Kenney Prize, GrainMagazine’s Prose Poem Award, and The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize. He has also received the New Brunswick Foundation for the Arts Emerging Artist of the YearAward.
His poems have also appeared in a number of anthologies, including The New Canon, Breathing Fire 2, Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic Canada, Exact Fare Only 2, MESS: The Hospital Anthology, and Landmarks: An Anthology of New Atlantic Canadian Poetry of the Land, and been featured in programs such as the Halifax Regional Municipality’s Art in Public Places initiative. His poem ‘grand parade, halifax’ is publicly featured in Halifax’s Grand Parade Square, and his poem ‘the grain elevators’ was produced as a cinepoem (in collaboration with filmmaker Megan Wennberg) as a part of the A Certain Openness: the filming of poetry project sponsored by AFCOOP and WFNS.
A Poetry Editor at The Fiddlehead during his time in Fredericton (and now recently re-engaged with the poetry editorial process at the journal from a distance thanks to the wonders of technology), Robinson was also involved with the Halifax literary journal All Rights Reserved as a Senior Editor. He is a member of the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia’s Board of Directors and has served as a mentor in the WFNS’s Mentorship Program and been involved with Writers in the Schools programs in both Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Robinson holds a BA and a BSc from Saint Mary’s University, a BEd from Mount Saint Vincent University, and an MA from The University of New Brunswick. He is a graduate of Halifax’s J. L. Ilsley High School.