Kevin McNeilly has lived with his family in Vancouver, British Columbia for the last twenty years. He grew up on the east coast of Canada, in Truro, Nova Scotia, which he still thinks of as a kind of home.
He writes poetry and critical non-fiction, and collaborates with creative musicians on text-based performances and recordings. His first collection of poems, Embouchure, appeared from Nightwood Editions in 2011. His poems have appeared in such journals as Canadian Literature, Event, The Malahat Review, West Coast Line, The Antigonish Review, The Fiddlehead, Descant and Ariel.
He worked as an Associate Editor, for both poetry and book reviews, at the journal Canadian Literature from 1998 to 2007. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, B. C., Canada. His research and creative interests circulate around improvisation, the poetics of listening, and concepts of plurality and dislocation.