Starnino's poems have won the Canadian Authors Associate Prize,
the A.M. Klein Prize and the F.G. Bressani Prize. He is the author
of A Lover's Quarrel, a collection of essays on Canadian poetry,
and the editor of The New Canon: An Anthology of Canadian Poetry.
He lives in Montreal, where he works as an associate editor for
Maisonneuve magazine. His most recent poetry collection is This
Way Out (Gaspereau, 2009)
latest collection of poems is full of lyrical escapes, exits and
embarkations that set out to measure degrees of belonging and
proximity to being at home. With his close attention to sound
and ease of comparison, Starnino tries on voices and costumes
for size, revisiting his childhood stomping grounds and current
neighbourhood bars, reliving teenage haircuts and marvelling at
the skill of the local butcher. Counterbalancing his own search
for place, Starnino delights in locating in other people and favourite
objects their aptitude for simply being themselves.