Carolyn Joan Clink was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta, but she actually lived in Ralston. For seven years she lived in West Hartford, Connecticut, then settled with her family in Toronto, Ontario.
Carolyn is an accomplished poet who now lives just west of Toronto with her husband, science-fiction writer Robert J. Sawyer. They met October 17, 1975, in their high-school science-fiction club, NASFA (of which Rob was cofounder), and were married on December 22, 1984, in a small ceremony at Carolyn's parents' house. Carolyn is the oldest of five children; her brother David Livingstone Clink is also a widely published poet.
Carolyn is shown here with her brother David in 2001. (Photo by Peter Halasz) David has five poetry chapbooks. The first, His Name was Gord and he used to run with the bulls, was published by Junction Books (who also published Carolyn's first chapbook) in 2001. The rest of his chapbooks were published by believe your own press: The Surly Blondes of Earth (February, 2002), A come-on from the horse on seventh avenue (October, 2002), Shapeshifter, (October, 2004), and One Dozen (May 2007). He has two books of poetry from Tightrope Books: Eating Fruit out of Season (July 2008), and Monster (November 2010). See his web site at www.poetrymachine.com.
Carolyn has had two poems published in Analog, the world's number-one bestselling science-fiction magazine (July 1996 and October 1997; the cover of the latter issue is shown at left). She has also had poetry in all five volumes of Canada's acclaimed horror anthology series Northern Frights, in the science-fiction anthologies Tesseracts 4 and 7, in Weird Tales, Tales of the Unanticipated, Star*Line, and Tales of the Unanticipated, and in the Canadian SF magazines TransVersions and On Spec. More recently, she had poetry in the Canadian anthologies The Stars As Seen from this Particular Angle of Night: an anthology of speculative verse and Land/space: an anthology of prairie speculative fiction.
Her poems have also appeared in many mainstream publications, including: Dalhousie Review, Poetry Toronto, White Wall Review, Hart House Review, Hazmat, NōD, Gusts, and Sijo West. She was the $500 prize winner in McClelland & Stewart's "Celebrate Our City" contest, honoring Toronto's sesquicentennial, and the First Prize winner in Poetry Toronto's "Father's Day" contest.
Her poems are collected in three chapbooks:
Changing Planes, published by Junction Books, May 2000
Snapshots, published by believe your own press, May 2007
Much Slower Than Light, published by Who's That Coeurl? Press, updated June 2008
She's been a featured reader at:
The Art Bar in Toronto on August 14, 2002
The I.V. Lounge in Toronto on February 18, 2005
Readings at Noon series at Atkinson College, York University on November 29, 2006
Dawson Community Library in Dawson, Yukon, on September 24, 2007
Cobourg Poetry Workshop in Cobourg, Ontario, on March 20, 2008
Carolyn was Poet Guest of Honor at:
Contradiction 14 in Niagara Falls, New York (November 4-6, 1994)
ValleyCon 22 in Fargo, North Dakota (October 10-12, 1997)
ConCat 10 in Knoxville, Tennessee (November 27-29, 1998)
Context 12 in Columbus, Ohio (October 8-10, 1999)
EerieCon 3 in Niagara Falls, New York (April 20-22, 2001)
CanCon 2001 in Ottawa, Ontario (August 17-19, 2001)
Minicon 38 in Minneapolis, Minnesota (April 18-20, 2003)
She co-edited the acclaimed Canadian SF&F anthology Tesseracts 6 with her husband Rob (Tesseract Books, Edmonton, December 1997). Also, she was one of two poetry editors (with Phyllis Gotlieb) of TransVersions: An Anthology of New Fantastic Literature (Paper Orchid Press, Mississauga, October 2000).
In 2011, Carolyn won the Aurora Award for Best Poem/Song published in 2010 for her poem "The ABCs of the End of the World." This was the first year this category has existed.
Carolyn is a member of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, and both she and her brother David are members of the Algonquin Square Table poetry workshop, which meets every other Sunday at the University of Toronto's Hart House; Carolyn and other members of her workshop gave a public reading there on November 24, 1999, and again on January 28, 2004.
Carolyn studied astrophysics for two years at the University of Toronto (1977-79), then earned a Bachelor of Technology degree in Graphic Arts Management from Toronto's Ryerson Polytechnic University (awarded 1983).
She worked for thirteen years for large commercial printing companies (Southam Murray and Quebecor Concord), the first five years as an estimator and the final eight as a production coordinator. In June 1997, she went to work full-time for Rob as his salaried assistant, in charge of all aspects of Rob's writing business except for the actual writing.
You can email Carolyn Clink at: firstname.lastname@example.org.