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John Newlove (1938-       )

John Newlove was born in Regina and raised in eastern Saskatchewan farming communities, notably Kamsack. He attended the University of Saskatoon for one year before embarking on extensive travel in Canada, where his signature iconoclasm has taken him across Canada in many capacities, among them as a high school teacher in Birtle, Manitoba, as a social worker in Yorkton, Sask., in radio in Weyburn and Regina, and as a clerk at the U.B.C. bookstore. He has also been writer-in-residence at various universities including Loyola College, Montreal, and the University of Toronto. Between 1970 and 1974 he was an editor with McClelland & Stewart. He was also a writing instructor at David Thompson University Centre in Nelson, B.C. and, most recently, an editor with the Federal Commission of Official Languages in Ottawa. His first two books of poetry, Grave sirs (1962) and Elephants mothers and others (1963) were also considerable small press design achievements (by Robert Reid and Takao Tanabe). Moving in alone (1965), published by Contact Press in their impressive final half decade, was followed by What they say (1967), Black night window (1968), The cave (1970), Lies (1972/Governor General's Award), The fat man: selected poems 1962-1972 (1977), The green plain (1981), The night the dog smiled (1986) and Apology for absence: Selected poems 1962-1992 (1993). He also edited the McClelland & Stewart anthology Canadian poetry: the modern era (1977).