Don Coles

Don Coles (1928- ), poet, was born in Woodstock, Ontario, and educated at the University of Toronto (B.A., 1949, M.A., 1952) and Cambridge University (M.A., 1953). He spent a decade traveling around Europe and lived in London, Stockholm, Florence, Munich, Copenhagen, Hamburg, and Zurich, an experience that profoundly influenced the content and tone of his subsequent poetry. Since returning to Canada in 1965, he has taught humanities and creative writing at York University, and served as Poetry Editor for the Banff School of Fine Arts from 1984 to 1994. To date, Coles has published seven collections of poems in Canada, one in England, and his work has appeared in numerous anthologies. Coles’ poetry collections are: Sometimes All Over (1975); Anniversaries (1979); The Prinzhorn Collection (1982); Landslides: selected poems, 1975-1985 (1986); K. in Love (1987); Little Bird (1991); Forests of the Medieval World (1993, won a Governor General’s award); Someone Has Stayed in Stockholm (1994, published in England); and For the Living and the Dead (1996, a translation from the Swedish).

The fonds consists of: manuscripts and reviews for Coles’ books: Sometimes All Over, Anniversaries, The Prinzhorn Collection, K. in Love, Little Bird, Forests of the Medieval World, Landslides, Someone Has Stayed in Stockholm, and For the Living and the Dead; correspondences; personal files; academic files; professorial files, editorial files relating to his position as poetry editor for the Banff School of Fine Arts; and Work on publications of Patricia Young and Tomas Transtromer.

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Inventory number: F0125