Little Wild. Book-length collection. Nightwood Editions, forthcoming Spring 2018. Contact your local independent bookstore for pre-orders (in Vancouver, check out Paper Hound or Pulp Fiction).

“In a literary world saturated with irony and irreverence, Curtis LeBlanc dares to be earnest and openhearted with his reader. His voice balances youthful energy with whiskey-eyed wisdom—delivering a refreshing wonder deepened by perceptive frankness. Set in the oil, hockey and the gothic farm-world of northern Alberta, this book investigates its citizens—their jobs and relationships—and its relentless landscape. 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, author of For Your Safety Please Hold On


“The poems in Little Wild—unflinching, beautifully built—investigate the myths of masculinity, which instruct men to ‘forget each other and be alone.’ The poems follow the author from the kettle lakes of his childhood to the Pacific bordering his adulthood, as he engages with family and friends struggling with isolation and addiction. Curtis LeBlanc transforms memory into music, music into language that testifies. Little Wild is a timely and striking debut.” 
—Eduardo C. Corral, author of Slow Lightning


“What makes these poems lift above the ordinary are the masterfully rendered details that reveal deeper complexities: moral, emotional, and human. The poems do more than recollect—they reckon with what’s at stake in even the most fleeting moments of a young man’s life.” 
—Raoul Fernandes, author of Transmitter and Receiver



Good for Nothing. Poetry chapbook. Anstruther Press, 2017. (order here)


“Design Stage Failure Analysis.” Arc Poetry, forthcoming Summer 2018.

“2 Poems.” The Rusty Toque. 2017.

“Blood In a Place I Could Not yet Understand.” Contemporary Verse 2, Fall 2017.

“Akinsdale Arena.” Sustenance Anthology, Anvil Press, September 2017.

“2 Poems.” The Malahat Review, Spring 2017.

“The First Bus Back to the Suburbs.” Eighteen Bridges, May, 2017.

“Apricot Ham.” Big Smoke, May, 2017.

“Imperatives.” 30 Under 30 Anthology, In/Words Press, 2017.

“On Being Threatened Over Red Willow Park.” The Walrus website. October, 2016.

“Public Works.” Prairie Fire 37/3, 2016.

“3 Poems.” EVENT 45/2, 2016.

“A Letter From Scandinavia.”, August 2016. (link)

“How to Find Your Way in Strathcona County.” Alberta Views, October 2016.

“2 Poems.” The City Series: Edmonton, Frog Hollow Press, 2016.

“The Best Way to Kill a Fish So Small.” Sport Literate 10:1, 2016.

“In Recognition of a Quarter Century of Contribution to UMA.” Arc Poetry 80, Spring 2016.

“After the Neon Bowling Alley.” Cede Poetry, May 2016.

“An Outdoor Education.” The Literary Review of Canada, April 2016.

“Ordinary.” Glass Buffalo 4(3), 2015.

“2 Poems.” The Maynard, Spring 2015. (link)

“Charnel House.” Poetry is Dead, Spring/Summer 2015.

“Another Thing Entirely.” Existere 34(1), 2014.

“Carson Pegasus.” Sport Literate 8(2), 2013.


“Reunion.” Geist 101, 2016.

“Black Sage Bench.” SAD Mag, 2015.

“Water Break.” Broken Pencil, The Nub App, 2014.

“Tell Me What I Can Do For You.” Joyland, 2014.

“Get Me One of Everything.” Whiskey Paper, 2013.

“Deficit.” Little Fiction, Listerature Vol. 2, 2013.

“Lightning Goes to Touch the Ground.” The Squawk Back 54, 2012

Awards & Recognitions

“A Restaurant in California.” Shortlisted for CV2’s Young Buck Poetry Prize2017.

“Oldman River Dam.” Shortlisted for CV2’s Young Buck Poetry Prize2016.

“On Being Threatened Over Red Willow Park.” Shortlisted for The Walrus Poetry Prize, 2016.

“In Recognition of a Quarter Century of Contribution to UMA.” Winner, Readers’ Choice Award, Arc Poem of the Year Contest, 2016.

“Ordinary.” Second place in the Writers’ Guild of Alberta/Glass Buffalo Poetry Contest, 2015.

“Water Break.” Runner-up in Broken Pencil‘s Unearth Your Underworld Fiction Contest, 2014.


“Dig Crew.” Dorothy Somerset Studios. Brave New Play Rites Festival, 2013.

Interviews & Essays

“The Language of Games: Rose Morris in Conversation with Curtis LeBlanc.” The Malahat Review, 2017. (link)

“An Interview with Jacob Zilber Prize Judge Jess Taylor.” PRISM international, 2016. (link)

“A Win, a Shot in the Arm: Curtis LeBlanc in Conversation with Patricia Young.” The Malahat Review, 2016. (link)

“An Interview with Pacific Spirit Poetry Prize Judge George Elliott Clarke.” PRISM international, 2016. (link)

“An Interview with 2016 Non-Fiction Contest Judge Rachel Rose.” PRISM international, 2016. (link)

“Interview: Curtis LeBlanc and Kate Fry of New Shoots.” SAD Mag, 2016. (link)

“How a Poem Works: Karen Solie’s ‘Beauty and Reality are the Same.'” Celebration of Canadian Poetry, Brick Books Website, 2016. (link)

“Interview with Richard Van Camp.” Nineteen Questions, 2013. (link)