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Beth Goobie
Born 1959 (age 62–63)
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Language English
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater University of Winnipeg

Beth Goobie (born 1959) is a Canadian poet and fiction writer.


Beth Goobie grew up in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. After working one year in Holland as an au pair, she spent the next four years earning a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Winnipeg and a B.A. in Religious Studies from the Mennonite Brethren Bible College, now Canadian Mennonite University. She then worked as a front line residential treatment worker in both Winnipeg and Edmonton.


Goobie's first published poems were "To the Creator" and "The Making in Edges Literary Magazine in February 1987. Her work has appeared in many Canadian literary journals, including The Fiddlehead, Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, Antigonish Review, Event, Grain, Prairie Fire and The Prairie Journal. Her poem "Civilization lives in the throat" was selected by Giller Prize winner Souvankham Thammavongsa for inclusion in 2021 Best Canadian Poetry (Biblioasis).

As of 2017, she has 25 published books to her credit, including the genres of young adult fiction (18 books), children's (one book), one adult novel, 2 collections of short fiction, and 3 collections of poetry.

She lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.


  • 1994 R. Ross Annett Juvenile Fiction Award for Mission Impossible.
  • 1995 Pat Lowther Award
  • 1998 Joseph S. Stauffer Award (Canada Council)
  • 2000 Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award for Before Wings
  • 2000 Saskatchewan Book Award for Children's Literature for "Before Wings"
  • 2003 Saskatchewan Book Award for Children's Literature for "Flux"
  • 2004 Saskatchewan Book Award for Children's Literature for "Fixed"
  • 2017 Saskatchewan YA Book Award for "The Pain Eater"
  • 2017 High Plains YA Book Award for "The Pain Eater"
  • 2017 Snow Willow Award for "The Pain Eater"
  • 2018 Saskatchewan Arts Board Book Award for Poetry for "breathing at dusk"
  • 2018 City of Saskatoon and Saskatoon Public Library Book Award for "breathing at dusk"
  • 2021 Carter V. Cooper Award



  • breathing at dusk: poems, Coteau Books, Regina, 2017
  • Lookin' for Joy, Exile Editions, Holstein Ontario, 2022

Short stories

  • The Only-Good Heart: Pedlar Press, Toronto, 1998

Adult Fiction

  • The First Principles of Dreaming: Second Story Press, 2014

Young adult fiction

  • Who Owns Kelly Paddik?: Maxwell Macmillan, Don Mills, Ontario, 1993
  • Sticks and Stones: Maxwell Macmillan, Don Mills, Ontario, 1994
  • Hit and Run: Maxwell Macmillan, Don Mills, Ontario, 1994
  • Kicked Out: Prentice Hall Ginn, Toronto, 1995
  • I'm Not Convinced: Red Deer Press, Calgary, 1997
  • The Colours of Carol Molev: Roussan Publishers Incorporated, Montreal, 1998
  • The Dream Where the Losers Go: Roussan Publishers Incorporated, Montreal, 1999
  • The Throne: Red Deer Press, Markham, 2013
  • The Pain Eater: Second Story Press, 2016.

Young Adult Drama

  • "The Face Is The Place", Rave: Young Adult Drama: Blizzard Publishing, Winnipeg, 2000

Children's Novel

  • Jason's Why: Red Deer Press, Markham, 2013
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