Edward Nixon was born and grew up in British Columbia, primarily in Victoria. With his family he spent some of his childhood in Portland, Oregon, B.C.’s Cariboo region, Vancouver and Kamloops. Since 1984 he has lived in Toronto. He’s the proud father of a 19-year old son. He has traveled extensively in Canada, and has spent time in all 10 provinces. As an undergraduate Edward studied Political Science, Art History and Creative Writing.
Edward has published four chapbooks since 2006: Nights in the City of the Dead (Aeolus House 2006); Arguments for Breath (lyricalmyrical 2007); Free Translation (Cactus Press 2009), and Instructions for Pen and Ink (Cactus Press 2010). He’s had poems regularly published in Rampike, Misunderstandings Magazine. Edward has hosted and curated the Toronto reading series livewords since 2008. From 2006 through 2007 he hosted and programmed the Diamond Cherry Reading Series. In 2014 his first full length collection The Fissures of our Throats will be published by Guernica Editions.
Edward is a founding partner of EN Consulting Group a boutique public outreach consultancy, which has been based since 2007 at the Centre for Social Innovation, in downtown Toronto. Current and past clients include Castlepoint Realty Partners, the City of Toronto, Concord Adex, GO Transit, St. Lawrence Market Complex and the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.
Having been actively involved in community organizations since the 1990s, Edward currently Chairs of the South East Downtown Network Alliance (SEDNA) a community round-table bringing together arts, community, business, and NGOs in Toronto’s “Old Town” neighbourhoods: Corktown, The Distillery District, Regent Park, St. Lawrence Market and St. Lawrence Neighbourhood. In 2004 he was awarded the Old Town Toronto Citizen of the Year Award by the St. Lawrence Neighbourhood Association in recognition of his community work.
He is also active at the grassroots level of the Ontario Liberal Party and the Liberal Party of Canada.