Anne Compton is a celebrated Canadian writer and anthologist, as well as a former university professor, originally from Prince Edward Island. She was awarded the 2005 Governor General's Award for Poetry for Processional, which also won the Atlantic Poetry Prize. Her first collection, Opening the Island, won the 2003 Atlantic Poetry Prize and was shortlisted for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award. In 2008 she was awarded the Alden Nowlan Award for excellence in English language literary arts, presented by the New Brunswick Arts Board, as well as a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Anne is also the author of Asking Questions Indoors and Out, A.J.M. Smith: Canadian Metaphysical and Meetings with Maritime Poets: Interviews. She is also editor of The Edge of Home: Milton Acorn from the Island, and co-editor of Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic Canada. A former teacher and writer-in-residence at the University of New Brunswick at Saint John, she developed and directed the acclaimed Lorenzo Reading Series. Her most recent poetry collection, Alongside, was a 2014 League of Canadian Poets' Raymond Souster Award Winner.