Sunsetter is a blast of fast-paced literary fiction, tumbled up with some great characters and a searching generosity for all those left-behind towns and their left-behind people. I read this book so fast, the pages nearly couldn’t keep up.”

— Michael Christie, author of Greenwood

“The action moves slowly at first, but builds to an explosive conclusion. LeBlanc’s doomed young people put a human face on the horrendous impact of the drug crisis.” 

— Publishers Weekly


CURTIS LEBLANC is a poet and writer residing in Vancouver, BC. His debut novel, Sunsetter, is forthcoming from ECW in March 2023. He is the author of Little Wild (Nightwood, 2018) and Birding in the Glass Age of Isolation (Nightwood, 2020). His work has appeared in Joyland, Geist, The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, EVENT, PRISM International, Prairie Fire, Grain, and elsewhere. Curtis holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. He is the recipient of the Readers’ Choice Award in the Arc Poem of the Year competition and has been shortlisted for The Walrus Poetry Prize. He’s also the co-founder and Managing Editor of Rahila’s Ghost Press. He is currently at work on a new novel and a hockey memoir in essays. Represented by Akin Akinwumi at Willenfield Literary Agency.

“These poems drill deep, and firmly plant LeBlanc among other tender masters of the everyday, like Philip Levine, Jack Gilbert and Matthew Dickman.”

—Kayla Czaga

“…one can’t help but be amazed by LeBlanc’s knack for suddenly shifting focus, so that familiar occurrences shine in new and peculiar ways…[he] dares to peer into our human being with an earnestness one can’t help but admire.”

—Neil Surkan, Canadian Literature

“Curtis LeBlanc transforms memory into music, music into language that testifies. Little Wild is a timely and striking debut.”

—Eduardo C. Corral