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Poetry Women Authors

Xanax Cowboy


by (author) Hannah Green

House of Anansi Press Inc
Initial publish date
Apr 2023
Women Authors, Canadian, General
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Winner, 2023 Governor General's Literary Award
Winner, 2024 League of Canadian Poets' Gerald Lampert Memorial Award

The Xanax Cowboy has a reputation like a rattlesnake. She might as well be a strike-anywhere match in a gasoline town. Her whiskey is mixed with vengeance like her mind is mixed with pills. The last doctor who told her she ain't nothin' is still spitting blood through a split lip.

About the author

HANNAH GREEN is a writer and poetry editor at CV2. She was a poetry finalist for the 2021 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers. She lives in Winnipeg.

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  • Winner, League of Canadian Poets' Gerald Lampert Memorial Award
  • Commended, CBC 2023 Best Canadian Poetry
  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Award in the Poetry Category

Editorial Reviews

Hannah Green’s figurative language is so dazzling, her tone so sardonically witty … her debut is indeed a romp.

Toronto Star

Even as it treats serious topics like romanticizing addiction, Xanax Cowboy is riotously funny, brimming with wit and bravado … Exceptional debut.

ARC Poetry

A bingeable book of poetry … Xanax Cowboy displays a raw honesty on important topics. Green balances tone and content, form and media, to deliver a powerhouse of a debut book from title to finishing line.


Playing on the way suffering has been romanticized in writers and in cowboys, Green skewers this cultural demand for authenticity.

Winnipeg Free Press

Green’s debut is timely and witty. It leaves nothing off stage, hides nothing. It is a revelation of living in our anxious times. It is wisely engaging.


A true original – smart and aggressive and assured.

Shakespearean Rag

Breaching borders and breaking boundaries … [Xanax Cowboy] subverts expectations with feminist contortions in the twists and turns of phrase, form, and verse.

The Miramichi Reader

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