Director of Creative Writing at University of New Brunswick; Editor of The Fiddlehead; Poetry Editor for Goose Lane Editions. I was born in Lachine, Quebec, a suburb of Montreal. I went to McGill for my BA in English and Philosophy. After a one-year teaching diploma at University of Alberta, I taught high school for two years in Morin Heights, in the Laurentian mountains of Quebec. I spent two years running a small literary journal called Montreal Writers’ Forum, and then took my MA in Creative Writing at Concordia University. I went to the University of Toronto for my PhD and wrote a dissertation on Wallace Stevens. A two-year postdoctoral fellowship followed at Princeton University in New Jersey, where I worked on John Ashbery and Elizabeth Bishop. I taught at University of Toronto on a three-year contract, then helped open the University of Northern British Columbia, where I taught for three years. In 1997 I came to UNB and I have been here ever since. I am of New Brunswick Loyalist descent on my mother’s side. My major hobby is talking with people.
WFNB, League of Canadian Poets, the Nova Scotia Elizabeth Bishop Society, Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English, Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs, Wallace Stevens Society.
Poetry books: A Slow Light (Signal Editions, 1983); The Authority of Roses (Brick Books, 1997); Gravity’s Plumb Line (Gaspereau, 2005).
Co-Editor: Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic Canada