Michael Gnarowski

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Michael Gnarowski

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Michael Gnarowski is a professor, poet, editor, and critic. He was born in Shanghai, China in 1934. He studied at McGill University (B.A., 1956), Indiana University (1959), the Université de Montréal (M.A., 1960), and received his Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Ottawa in 1967. Throughout his career, he has dedicated his time to numerous poetry and literary publications. Gnarowski began to publish his poetry in the magazine Yes (1956-1970), which he co-edited along with Glen Siebrasse, John Lachs, and Donald M. Winkelman. Of the editors, Gnarowski remained an active editor with Yes through all 19 issues of the magazine. He was involved with several literary periodicals such as: Le Chien d'or/The Golden Dog (1970-1972), Delta/Delta Canada with Louis Dudek, Golden Dog Press (1971-1985), and Tecumseh Press. He was also the series editor for McGraw-Hill Ryerson's Critical Views on Canadian Writers Series (1969-1977) and co-edited Canadian Poetry (1977) with David Bentley. Gnarowski was a Professor of English at Carleton University from 1972 to 1996 and founding General Editor and Founding Director of the Carleton University Press (1981-1993), and also the General-Editor of the Carleton Library Series (1972-1993). Prior to his time at Carleton University, he taught English at the University of Sherbrooke from 1961-62; at Port Arthur (now Thunder Bay) Ontario from 1962-65; was an assistant professor of English at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) from 1966-72. He has published a book of his own poetry, Postscript for St. James Street in 1965 (Delta Press). He also co-edited The Making of Modern Poetry in Canada with Louis Dudek, which was published by Ryerson Press in 1967, and then reprinted in 1968, and again in 2017. Michael Gnarowski continues to be involved in the effort to promote Canadian authors and writers, editing and publishing criticism and anthologies of Canadian poetry.


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