Jacob McArthur Mooney

Jake was raised on the eastern edge of Lunenburg Co, Nova Scotia. Other addresses include Halifax, St. John's, and Northeastern Pennsylvania. He lives in downtown Toronto.

He has a BSc from Memorial and an MFA in Creative Writing from Guelph, where he entered as part of the program's first cohort in 2006.

His first collection, The New Layman's Almanac, came out in 2008 from McClelland & Stewart (Ed: Molly Peacock). Conceived as a how-to guide in verse and inspired by 19th Century self-publishing movements and by Wikipedia, the book was warmly reviewed in the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star.

Jake's second book, Folk (McClelland & Stewart, 2011, Ed: Stan Dragland), was written in two movements. The first considered the local fall-out from the crash of SwissAir Flight 111 off the coast of his home province in 1998, and the second was set amid the immigrant communities surrounding Toronto's Pearson International Airport. It made best-of-the-year lists at The Globe and The National Post and was shortlisted for both the Trillium Book Award in Poetry and the Dylan Thomas Prize.

For several years, Jake maintained the popular poetry blog Vox Populism and contributed reviews for various national publications. He was also a contributor to The Canadian Encyclopedia.

Don't Be Interesting, Jake's third book, came out in 2016.. Work from that collection has won the Arc Magazine Poem of the Year Contest and the Prairie Fire/Banff Centre Bliss Carman Award, was nominated for a National Magazine Award, and has been named to the 2012 and 2013 editions of Best Canadian Poetry in English (Tightrope Books). In 2015, he also served as Guest Editor for the 2015 incarnation of the Best Canadian Poetry series. 


Jake is married to the novelist Alexis von Konigslow and works for a financial technology company. His son Oliver was born in 2014.