Monthly Archives: February 2016

A Strong SK-BC Poet

(signed 1992 pb McClelland & Stewart G-G winner; cover: Jane Zednick) Lorna Crozier (1948-) was born in Swift Current, SK and is the head of the Creative Writing Dept. at U of Victoria. In previous lives, she was a guidance … Continue reading

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Edmonton’s Edgy Poetess

(left: cassette by Dead Records; Red Deer College Press, 1990 pb; cover: Gary Campbell, David Wylie) Edmonton’s Mary Howes (1941-) draws much of her inspiration for her nightmarish erotic poems from her work experience as a nurse. Possessing a memorable, … Continue reading

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The Edmonton Poet-Legend

(McKenzie reached great heights with Spiritus–a performance poetry trio, 1989-2002) (Edmonton’s Jazz Poet) (the best poetry ever recorded in Edmonton; top: Waxwings Creative, 2003 CD; cover: Brian Huffman; bottom: L.Q. Productions, 2000 CD) Yorkton, SK-born Dean Morrison McKenzie (1940-2013) grew up … Continue reading

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Father Goose

(Little, Brown Canada, 1995 dj; cover & photo: Joseph Duff ) (signed by Lishman) William Lishman (1939-) inspired a popular Disney movie Fly Away Home, a dramatized version of his work with birds. Lishman modified the migration patterns of Canada geese, … Continue reading

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Redeemed by Writing: A Governor-General Award-Winner from B.C.

(rare CD by Cyclops Press, 1998; design: Clint Hutzulak) Born in Nelson, B.C., Patrick Lane (1939-), brother to poet Red Lane, lived in Vernon and now lives with his partner Lorna Crozier on Vancouver Island. He had a working class background … Continue reading

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Canada’s Master Editor-Anthologist

(Stoddart pb, 1994; cover: Brant Cowie) John Robert Colombo (1932-) was born in Kitchener, ON and now lives in Toronto. He worked as an editor for Ryerson, M & S, and the Tamarack Review and has written and edited scores … Continue reading

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Another Winnipeg North-End Prose Writer

(NeWest Publishers, 1980 dj) Ed Kleiman (1932-2013) grew up in the famed North-End melting pot of Winnipeg and later became a respected professor of English at U of MB. Kleiman studied with Northrop Frye and later made his mark with … Continue reading

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Mother of Canadian SF: An ON Poet

(McClelland & Stewart, 1964 pb; Frank Newfeld design) Toronto’s Phyllis (Fay) Gotlieb (1926-2003) was a Toronto poet, story writer, and novelist of Jewish-Canadian heritage. She was pioneered Canadian SF, writing the Starcats series and the feminist fantasy novel Birthstones (2007). Her … Continue reading

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An ON Poet and Poetic Dramatist

(Ryerson 1962 pb) (rare signed Talonbooks/Macmillan 1971 pb) James (Crerar) Reaney 1926-2008) was born near Stratford, ON and studied with Northrop Frye. He had a child-like imagination and imagery as evidenced in his plays Listen to the Wind (1972) and … Continue reading

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P.E.I’s Governor-General-Winning Poet

(NC Press, 1975 pb, GG Award winner, 1976) ‘Canada’s People Poet’ Milton (James Rhode) Acorn (1923-1986) was originally from Charlottetown, P.E.I. He was wounded by a depth-charge returning from WWII. Acorn lived in the Waverly Hotel, T.O. for several years … Continue reading

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