‘No doubt about it – not only is Patrick James Errington a real find, the scope of his imagination, combined with psychological integrity and linguistic rigour, mark him out as a poet I’ll return to again and again. He has the strength of will to put the poem first: no stock effects, just a highly tuned poetic mind interrogating the world for the mystery, the roots of pain and the wonder.’

– John Burnside (advanced praise for Glean)


Patrick James Errington is a poet, translator, and academic from the prairies of Alberta, Canada. His poems feature in numerous magazines, journals, and anthologies, including The Cincinnati ReviewBoston ReviewThe Iowa Review, Best New PoetsOxford Poetry, Copper NickelWest BranchCV2Passages NorthDiagramCider Press ReviewHorsethief, and others. His poetry has also won or been commended for several international prizes such as, among others, The National Poetry Competition, the Wigtown Poetry Competition, The London Magazine Poetry Competition, the Flambard International Prize, the McLellan Poetry Prize, the Plough Prize, and the Bridport Poetry Prize. Patrick’s French translation (with Laure Gall) of PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphey’s The Hollow of the Hand, entitled Au creux de la main, was released by Éditions l’Âge d’Homme in 2017 and his own chapbook, Glean, was published by ignitionpress in 2018.

A graduate of the University of Alberta (BA, 2011), where he studied with Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, Patrick also holds an MFA in writing and literary translation from Columbia University (2015) and is currently pursuing a PhD at the University of St Andrews, where his research in embodied poetics and hermeneutics is supervised by Professors Don Paterson and John Burnside. He is also the current editor-in-chief of the St Andrews-based, online literary magazine, The Scores. Patrick lives in Edinburgh.




Patrick is delighted to announce that his poem sequence, ‘Field Studies’, will be published as a chapbook by Andrew McNeillie’s Clutag Press as part of its ‘Clutag Five Poems Series‘, a series that includes poets like Andrew Motion, Bernard O’Donaghue, and Sean O’Brien.

Also, his recent poem ‘Fieldwork in Secret’ has been chosen by Michael Simmons Roberts for 2nd prize in this year’s The Plough International Prize. Roberts calls the poem, ‘A finely-judged portrait of childhood and family, built on a striking central metaphor of fences built for “just the plain act of keeping”, with its echoes of Heaney and Frost.’ Read it and the other winning poems here.

New ignitionpress chapbook, Glean, is now ON SALE! Order it here.