Christopher Dewdney (born May 9, 1951) is a prize-winning Canadian poet and essayist. He is the son of Canadian artist and author Selwyn Dewdney , brother of Alexander Keewatin Dewdney , and the great-grand-nephew of Edgar Dewdney (Lieutenant-governor: British Columbia 1892—97, Northwest Territories, 1881—88).


Dewdney was born in London, Ontario , and moved to Toronto in 1980. The London art scene (and, in particular, the artists Greg Curnoe and Jack Chambers ), was a major influence on his career, as was his upbringing in a family where science and art were valued highly and in equal measure. That his work reflects this interest in both art and science "is borne out by the fact that his poetry can be found in either the poetry or natural history sections of book stores and libraries". [2]

Currently a professor at the Glendon campus of York University , Dewdney is the long-time partner of writer Barbara Gowdy .