Ann Graham Walker is a poet and journalist with a background in public radio and communications. She spent ten years as a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation current affairs journalist, producing the morning radio show in Sydney, Nova Scotia and working in Halifax. For six years she was principal writer and communications consultant to Nova Scotia premier, Dr John Savage. As a writer, she was contracted to write the book, “Halifax, the Smart City”. She was the Atlantic Region staff writer for Canadian national medical newspaper, The Medical Post, and still freelances for that publication. Creatively, her poems have been published in a number of literary journals and anthologies, as well as in chap books edited by her poetry teacher, Patrick Lane. She has been a finalist in the Malahat Review’s Open Season Awards and the Prism International Poetry Prize. She has been published in numerous literary magazines and three anthologies. Currently, Ann is writing a novel based on her experiences growing up in 1950’s Argentina. Together with Leaf Press publisher, Ursula Vaira, she has co-edited a poetry anthology that focuses on the mysteriousness of newborn infants and is in the process of seeking a publisher. Ann has a BA in art history from Vassar College, an MA in modern European history from the University of California and, more recently, an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College’s Port Townsend, Washington campus. Together with her Irish husband, she has three children and four grandchildren and lives in Nanoose Bay, on Vancouver Island.
The Puzzle at the End of Love, 27 pages
Leaf Press/2012 – available at Leaf Press or from the author at
Ann Graham Walker has been a finalist in the Prism International Poetry Prize and Malahat Review Open Season awards, and has been published in three anthologies (including Poems for Planet Earth), and in several chapbooks edited by Patrick Lane. The Puzzle at the End of Love is her first book of poems – an interrelated set of often very lyrical narratives that look quizzically at love through its skewed, sometimes tragic manifestations. The book draws on stories from several generations of her family, with particular characters reappearing in different poems.
Ann Graham Walker is an attentive, dependable and widely-experienced writer.
Her journalism was honed at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She was the principal speechwriter for Nova Scotia premier, John Savage. As a business writer she published a book: Halifax: Canada’s Smart City (1999). As a medical journalist, she’s been a staff writer for The Medical Post. Ann is currently co-editing a poetry anthology on newborns, together with Ursula Vaira at Leaf Press. As a poet, she has been published in chapbooks edited by Patrick Lane and three poetry anthologies. Ann recently published a chapbook: The Puzzle at the End of Love.