The Door of My Heart. Porters Lake, NS: Pottersfield Press, 1993.

Save the World for Me. Porters Lake, NS: Pottersfield Press, 1991.

Woman Talking Woman. Porters Lake, NS: Pottersfield Press, 1990.

Borrowed Beauty. Porters Lake, NS: Pottersfield Press, 1987.


Tynes, Maxine, ed. Beetles and Blue Jeans. Scarborough, ON: Nelson, 1993.


Fraser, Sharon. “Taking the Measure of Maxine Tynes.” Atlantic Insight 9.9 (1987): 16.

Fuller, Danielle. “‘Raising the Heart’: The Politics of the Popular and the Poetics of Performance in the Work of Maxine Tynes.” Essays on Canadian Writing 67 (1999): 76-112.

Rayner, Anne. Rev. of Woman Talking Woman, by Maxine Tynes. Canadian Literature 135 (1992): 137.

Stone, Marjorie. “The Poet as Whole-Body Camera: Maxine Tynes and the Pluralities of Otherness.” Dalhousie Review 77.1 (1997): 227-57.

Stortz, JC. “To Maxine Tynes.” Canadian Author & Bookman 63.3 (1988): 16.


1988: Milton Acorn People’s Poetry Award, Borrowed Beauty

1974: Dalhousie’s Dennis Memorial Poetry Prize

Maxine Tynes was born in 1949 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where she continues to live and work. Her long family history in this place inspires much of her poetry. She writes, for example, of Africville, a community of Black families living in the north of Halifax whose homes were destroyed in the 1960’s when the local government appropriated their land. Tynes teaches highschool English in Nova Scotia, and occasionally writes to a younger audience: her 1991 collection, Save the World for Me, is directed towards adolescents. She also writes for CBC Radio.

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