Gary Barwin (born 1964 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a Canadian poet, writer, composer, multimedia artist, performer and educator who lives in Hamilton, Ontario (Canada). He writes in a range of genres including poetry, fiction, visual poetry, music for live performers and computers, text and sound works, and writing for children and young adults. His music and writing have been presented in Canada, the US, Japan, and Europe.
Barwin was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland and emigrated to Ottawa, Ontario in the early 1970s. He graduated from York University with a BFA in Music and a BA in Creative Writing in 1985 where he studied writing with bpNichol, Frank Davey and music with David Mott, James Tenney, and Trichy Sankaran. Barwin received a PhD in Music Composition from SUNY at Buffalo in 1995. Barwin taught music at Hillfield Strathallan College from 2001–2010. He also has taught creative writing at King's University College (Western University), in the Certificate in Writing Program at McMaster University, and at Mohawk College, and at the Art Forms (Urban Arts Initiative) for street-involved youth. In addition to his many books, he is the author of numerous chapbooks, and pamphlets, many from his own serif of nottingham editions. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies. He was the Fall 2013 eWriter in Residence at the Toronto Public Library and is the 2014-2015 Writer-in-Residence at Western University and the London Public Library.
He lives in Hamilton, Ontario with his wife and three children where he directs the Niagara Regional Rhyme Gland Laboratory for the National Rhyme Institute.