The author of three print books and two electronic works of poetry, Damian Lopes is currently completing his first book of fiction. He is the Poet Laureate for the City of Barrie, the second to hold office which he will hold until 2018. He is a writer, a member of PEN Canada, and a member of the Writers’ Union of Canada. He was the founding chair of the Barrie Arts and Culture Council from 2008-2012.
He served as web editor, and as a consulting editor, at Coach House Books from 1998–2004. During that time, he helped put the press's full front list online. From 1990–1998, he ran the micro press fingerprinting inkoperated, producing chapbooks, leaflets and broadsides by authors such as Nelson Ball, Daniel f Bradley, Christian Bök, jwcurry, MAC Farrant, Gerry Gilbert, bpNichol, David UU, Darren Wershler, and Alana Wilcox. For a short time in 1995, along with his brother, Dominic McIver Lopes, he ran Caju Press.
Born in Aberdeen Scotland and raised in Toronto Canada, Lopes traces his family over much of the globe, including the UK, New Zealand, Tanzania, India and Portugal. He graduated as a music major from the Etobicoke School of the Arts, and English major from McGill University. Having cottaged in Simcoe county throughout his childhood, he now lives in Barrie, Ontario with his wife and son.
Biographical information from the author's website: http://www.damianlopes.com/about/.