Born and raised in Vancouver, Peter Norman received a Creative Writing BFA from the University of British Columbia in 1998 and has since lived in Ottawa, Calgary, Halifax, Windsor (Ontario), Montreal, Edmonton, and Toronto, where he now lives with his wife, fellow writer-editor Melanie Little.
His professional writing career began 1998 with a commission from Vancouver Magazine. Since then, he has contributed essays, articles, editorials, and reviews to magazines and newspapers across Canada, including Avenue, The Globe and Mail, and Afterword, the National Post's books blog.
In 2000, his fiction and poetry began to appear in literary journals and online. Publication credits include The Walrus, Joyland, the anthology Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets, and two editions of The Best Canadian Poetry.
His first full-length book was the 2010 poetry collection At the Gates of the Theme Park, a finalist for the Trillium Poetry Book Award; he has since published three more poetry collections, most recently Some of Us and Most of You Are Dead. His debut novel, Emberton (2014), was longlisted for a Sunburst Award.
An award-winning public speaker, Peter has read at numerous literary festivals and series—recent appearances include The Word on the Street Toronto, Thin Air Winnipeg, and the International Festival of Authors—as well as hosting readings, presenting at schools, and appearing on radio programs. He was the winner of the 2013 Poetry NOW Battle of the Bards.
His editing career began in earnest in 2006, when he joined the nationally acclaimed magazine Alberta Views, first as guest editor and then as associate editor. He has since worked as an editor or editorial consultant for magazines in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. In recent years, he has focused on the editing and copy-editing of books. Since 2008, he has worked on over 150 titles for eleven Canadian publishers and imprints, including books by such celebrated authors as Leonard Cohen, Lisa Moore, and Lawrence Hill.