Tammy Armstrong

Poet, novelist, and travel writer Tammy Armstrong was born in 1974 in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, a small town that straddles the Canada/U.S. border. It was perhaps the experience of growing up on the edge of two countries that contributed to Armstrong’s wanderlust. She travelled extensively as a young adult, documenting her experiences in poems that share the personal voice of Elizabeth Brewster and Alden Nowlan. Her first collection of poetry, Bogman’s Music, was released in 2000 when she was living in British Columbia. Four poetry collections have followed, as well as two novels, each examining her precarious position as a “global” citizen against a backdrop of childhood memories of contrasting stabilities: of mother, locale, ancestry, and relationships. Her negotiations of the foreign and the familiar characterize a body of work that has been highly acclaimed by critics and readers alike. Bogman’s Music was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Poetry, and subsequent works have been similarly lauded.

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The linked Author Page contains the poems "Clam Bake 1973," "Carol," "Boat Builder," "Wood Stove Sunday," "Horse Girls," and "Zombie."