Poetry & Literary Writing

︎ Literary CV
︎ News & Events

John Nyman’s poetic and literary writing spans traditional verse, visual and conceptual forms, and critical and philosophical prose. His asemic and erasure-based bookworks, including Your Very Own and The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho-analysis: A Selection, often intersect with his work in the visual arts. Meanwhile, his experiments with critical prose and creative non-fiction draw from his scholarly research into deconstruction, postmodernism, and contentinal philosophy more broadly. John has performed his poetry on stage at literary festivals, reading series, and open mics across Canada and internationally.

Books & Chapbooks

A Devil Every Day, Palimpsest Press, April 2023. [link]

    • Previewed on CBC Books. [link]
    • Previewed on 49th Shelf. [link]

Your Very Own, JackPine Press, December 2021. [info] [link]

    • excerpted and reviewed by Graham Sigurdson in Broken Pencil 96 (summer 2022). [link]
    • reviewed by Elena Bentley for SaskBooks Reviews. [link]

The Devil, knife | fork | book, March 2020. [link]

The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho-analysis: A Selection, 2015-2019. [info]

    • mentioned in Peter Schwenger’s Asemic: The Art of Writing.

Slogan, Substance, Dream: keywords for a responsible poetry, Anstruther Press Manifesto Series, March 2018. [link]

(with &, collective) &, 2: this happened to one of us, Publication Studio Guelph, September 2016.

Players, Palimpsest Press, 2016. [link]

    • shortlisted for the League of Canadian Poets 2017 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award.
    • featured on All Lit Up. [link]
    • reviewed by Danny Jacobs in Hamilton Arts & Letters. [link]
    • reviewed by Wally Keeler in Northumberland Today (25 May 2016). [pdf]

O Our Ism, 2014-2015. [info] [e-book]

Selected Publications

“A Plant is Not a Nation” and “Four Dreams About Justice” in The /tƐmz/ Review 18, March 2022. [link]

“Incantation to Lose” in Voicing Suicide, Ekstasis Editions, October 2020. [link]

“The Devil Writing,” “The Devil In Person,” “Praise God,” “Splits,” and “Holy of Holies” in The /tƐmz/ Review 10, February 2020. [link]

excerpts from Your Very Own in long con 1, November 2019. [link]

“Object” and “Non-binary” in EVENT 47.3, winter 2019.

“The Leader’s Wrongness” in Juniper 2.2, summer 2018. [link]

“Sunlight” in The Malahat Review 203, summer 2018.

“The Mole Rat” in The Buffalo News, 4 December 2016.


Your Very Own artist’s talk / launch, 1 March 2022. [link]

Art Bar online reading, 15 September 2020 (1/2). [link]

Art Bar online reading, 15 September 2020 (2/2). [link]

“for MF DOOM,” 22 March 2017. [link]

“Lush,” 22 March 2017. [link]


12 or 20 questions on rob mclennan’s blog, 16 June 2016. [link]

Interview with Palimpsest Press, 23 April 2016. [link]

Interview with Kevin Heslop for London Open Mic Poetry Night, 24 March 2015. [link]