Barry McKinnon was born in Calgary, Alberta. He received his BA from Sir George Williams University, where he studied with Irving Layton, and his MA from the University of British Columbia. He currently is an English instructor at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, BC. He has been widely published. The Centre was short-listed for the Governor General's Award for poetry and Pulp Log won the Dorothy Livesay Prize (BC Book Awards) for 1991.