Writer. Editor.



Ariel Gordon

I’m the author of two collections of urban-nature poetry, both of which won the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. My latest book is Treed: Walking in Canada’s Urban Forests. I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


My Latest Book

Treed: Walking in Canada’s
Urban Forests

Published May 2019   ISBN: 9781928088752

Published May 2019
ISBN: 9781928088752

With intimacy and humour award-winning poet Ariel Gordon walks us through the streets of Winnipeg and into the urban forest that is, to her, the city's heart. Along the way she shares with us the lives of these urban trees, from the grackles and cankerworms of the spring, to the flush of mushrooms on stumps in the summer and through to the red-stemmed dogwood of the winter. After grounding us in native elms and ashes, Gordon travels to BC's northern Rockies, to Banff National Park and a cattle farm in rural Manitoba, and helps us to consider what we expect of nature. Whether it is the effects of climate change on the urban forest or foraging in the city, Dutch elm disease in the trees or bats in the walls, Gordon delves into our relationships with the natural world with heart and style. In the end, the essays circle back to the forest, where the weather is always better and where the reader can see how to remake even the trees that are lost.

“The personal is political, but the personal is also trees, urban forests and our own microculture of interaction that speaks to larger histories, spaces, ecologies and cultures. In these charming essays, Ariel Gordon examines with wit, sensitivity and insight the living and breathing environments she finds herself living and breathing in. Rich with detail and engaging anecdote, Treed considers how modern life, writing and family take root in the specifics of geography.” 

—Gary Barwin, author of Yiddish for Pirates

Recent Reviews

I loved this book, which was also about balancing motherhood and writing, the family and the self, solitude and community, city life and the inexorable fact of nature, abject despair indeed and the wonder that is everywhere, if you care to look—starting with the mushrooms.
— Kerry Clare on Treed
This is a book about trees, mushrooms, neighbourhoods, history, heritage, and women.
— William Valgardson on Treed
Gordon’s contagious passion for trees is paired with a strong understanding of the depth of loss we face due to the climate crisis. But Gordon’s passion and deep connections with nature are precisely what’s needed to fight this crisis. So consider Treed a catalyst for action: a candid, charming and perceptive way to learn more about urban forests, so we can better act to protect them.
— Alex Mlynek in Broadview Magazine on Treed

About Me

MY NAME IS ARiel Gordon

I’m the Winnipeg-based author of two collections of urban-nature poetry—Stowaways (2014) and Hump (2010)—both of which won the Lansdowne Prize for Poetry.

Recent projects include the anthology GUSH: menstrual manifestos for our times (2017), co-edited with Tanis MacDonald and Rosanna Deerchild, and the fourth installment of the National Poetry Month in the Winnipeg Free Press project.

My latest book is Treed: Walking in Canada’s Urban Forests.

Next year, my long poem TreeTalk: Winnipeg will appear with At Bay Press.

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I am a literary writer and freelance journalist with a BSc in Biology from UWinnipeg and a Bachelor of Journalism from Halifax’s University of King’s College.

I publish in literary journals and publications such as The Winnipeg Free Press, Quill & Quire, and Prairie Books NOW.

I also work as a publicist and event planner. Recent clients include Poetry In Voice, University of Manitoba Press, and Merit Motion Pictures.