Ben Ladouceur writes and teaches in Toronto. His first collection of poems, Otter, came out through Coach House Books in April 2015.

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Praise for Otter:

“Ladouceur makes it clear that he can out-poetry the most elite of poets, but also that this is not his goal… Language that could be attributed to mountains and streams instead embodies young queer desire, affection and insecurity.”
National Post

“It’s Ladouceur’s first collection, but in terms of ease, playfulness and the O’Hara-esque way it blends formal rigour with a consistently inviting voice, it could just as easily be his 10th.”
The Globe & Mail

“As each poem unfurls, the wonder of want gives away to the wonder of words.”
North American Review

“Ladouceur writes with an awareness of queer history, documenting it faithfully, but with his own twist… This is poetry motivated by an honest wit.”
Arc Poetry Magazine

“Ladouceur embodies queer history with profound poetic intention. Sexy, witty, and sensual, Otter is a richly imagined collection of poetry.”
Plenitude Magazine

“A rare kind of debut: vital, on voice, and spirited from start to finish… It’s Ladouceur’s skill with the personal lyric that truly makes him noteworthy. ”
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