Born and raised in Vancouver, where he completed a Creative Writing BFA at the University of British Columbia, Peter Norman has since lived in Ottawa, Calgary and Halifax. His poetry and fiction have appeared in several periodicals and anthologies, including Jailbreaks: 99 Canadian Sonnets and the 2008 and 2009 editions of The Best Canadian Poetry. His first novel, Emberton, is forthcoming in 2012 from Douglas & McIntyre.

His debut poetry collection, At the Gates of the Theme Park, was shortlisted for the 2011 Trillium Poetry Prize.