Margo Wheaton was born in Moncton, New Brunswick and currently makes her home in Halifax where she completed a Master's degree in English at Dalhousie University. She works as a freelance writer and editor for government and non-profit organizations and has also worked as a university instructor, researcher, workshop facilitator, literacy worker, and book reviewer.
Margo's essays and reviews have appeared in a number of publications, including The Fiddlehead, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, the Guernica Series on Writers, Pottersfield Portfolio, The Antigonish Review and The Coast.
Her poetry has appeared in publications including The Antigonish Review, CV2, Event, The Fiddlehead, The Literary Review of Canada, The New Quarterly, Prairie Fire, and Prism International. Her poems have also appeared in the anthologies Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry, Poet to Poet: Poems Written to Poets and the Stories that Inspired Them, Landmarks: An Anthology of New Atlantic Canadian Poetry of the Land, and Vintage 2000.
Her first poetry collection The Unlit Path Behind the House was published by McGill-Queen's University Press in 2016. Comments about this collection:
"Wheaton's work is suffused with a remarkable compassion: subtle, hard-won and mature. It refuses to compete with literary fashion: it simply transcends it. This is a stunning debut -- a work of technical sophistication and great emotional integrity." - Jan Zwicky
"This is simply a brilliant collection of poems. Margo Wheaton is one of the finest poets to come out of the Maritimes in a generation." - David Adams RichardsPublications
The Unlit Path Behind the House. McGill-Queen's, 2016. ISBN: 978-0-7735-4677-6
Poet to Poet: Poems Written to Poets and the Stories that Inspired Them. Guernica, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-55071-645-0
Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry. Cormorant, 2011. ISBN: 978-1-77086-004-9
Landmarks: An Anthology of New Atlantic Canadian Poetry of the Land. Acorn, 2001. ISBN: 0-9698606-9-2
Vintage. Ronsdale, 2000. ISBN: 0-921870-75-2
Margo's poems, essays and reviews have also appeared in The Antigonish Review, The Coast, CV2, Dandelion, Event, The Fiddlehead, The Globe and Mail, Guernica Series on Writers, Kaleidoscope, The Literary Review of Canada, The New Quarterly, Pottersfield Portfolio, Prairie Fire, Prism International, Room, The Toronto Star, and Windsor Review.
Fred Kerner Book Award, Canadian Authors Association, Winner.
J.M. Abraham Poetry Award, East Coast Literary Awards. Shortlisted.
Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, League of Canadian Poets. Shortlisted.
Alfred G. Bailley Award, Writers' Federation of New Brunswick. Winner.
Petra Kenney International Poetry Competition, High Commendation.
Arc Poem of the Year Contest, Shortlisted.
Prism International Poetry Contest, Shortlisted.