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Poetry Canada Review fonds. - 1979-1994. - 6 m of textual record and other material.

Administrative History

A successful "little magazine" Poetry Canada Review was founded in 1979 by Clifton Whiten in order to publish and review poetry from across Canada. In its first five years Poetry Canada Review endeavoured to reach a paying audience, to establish a reputation among Canadian writers, and to fund itself without government assistance. In 1979, after a frustrating five years but knowing that he had shaped a vital little Canadian magazine, Whiten sold Poetry Canada Review to ECW Press.

Biographical Sketch

The founder and editor of Poetry Canada Review, Clifton Whiten, was born in Vernon, British Columbia in 1939. He worked as a reporter for the Penticton Herald and as a poetry editor before settling into a career as a high-school English teacher. In the meantime, he wrote and published his own poetry, Putting the Birthdate into Perspective (1969), among other works. He left teaching in 1979 to pursue his literary career and founded the literary press, Sandpiper Press, and the literary periodical, Poetry Canada Review.

Scope and Content

The Poetry Canada Review fonds contains correspondence with contributors, financial records, proofs, photographs, and cassette tapes of interviews and readings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: The first and third accessions were received from Clifton Whiten in 1985 and 1999, and the second accession was acquired from ECW press in 1995. [1985-07, 1995-04]

Language: material in the fonds is in English.

Restrictions: none.

Finding Aid: finding aid available for first accession.

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