Anne Compton, BA, MA, PhD, (poet, academic, professor, editor, and arts organizer) received an O’Brien Foundation Fellowship in 1986 to pursue Doctoral Studies in Canadian Literature at the University of New Brunswick.
Anne received a Bachelor of Arts in English literature and history at the Prince of Wales College (now the University of Prince Edward Island) and a Master of Arts degree in Canadian and American literature at York University. She completed her PhD at the University of New Brunswick in 1988. Her PhD thesis which focused on the Canadian poet A.J.M. Smith, was later published by ECW Press as A.J.M. Smith: Canadian Metaphysical (1994).
In 1998, Anne became director of the Lorenzo Reading Series at the University of New Brunswick Saint John (UNBSJ), a highly reputable university reading series (“Compton”). She was later appointed writer-in-residence at UNBSJ. She also taught several courses for the English department.
During her time at UNBSJ, Anne published the following works: Opening the Island (2002), Processional (2005), and Meetings with Maritime Poets: Interviews (2006). She also took on an editorial role with The Edge of Home: Milton Acorn from the Island (2002), as well as Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic Canada (2002). Over the course of her career, Compton has won two Atlantic Poetry Prizes (2003 and 2006), the Governor General’s Award (2005), several Excellence in Teaching Awards, the National Magazine Award (2008), and the Alden Nowlan Award for Excellence in the Literary Arts (2008) (“Dr. Anne Compton”). Anne also published a work of poetry Asking Questions Indoors and Out (2009). Along with her critical articles and scholarship on Atlantic and New Brunswick literature, Anne’s work at UNBSJ represents her most significant contribution to the province. In the thirteen years she has spent with the Lorenzo Reading Series, she has “introduced New Brunswick readers to hundreds of Canadian books over the years” She has also worked with “a number of beginning and emerging writers,” one of whom, in gratitude, established The Dr. Anne Compton Writing Prize in Poetry. Anne currently resides in Rothesay, New Brunswick.
Mikila Gallant, "Anne Compton." The New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia.
Ed. Tony Tremblay. Fredericton: New Brunswick Studies Centre, 2010.