Dave Hickey's poetry collection, In the Lights of a Midnight Plow (2006), was nominated for the Gerald Lampert Award for best first book of poetry in Canada. Prior to its publication, he was a finalist for the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and a recipient of the Ralph Gustafson Prize for Poetry. Since then, he's published a second collection of poems, Open Air Bindery (2011), and a verse story for children. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Western Ontario, where his dissertation was awarded the Karl F. Klinck Prize for outstanding work in the field of Canadian Literature.