This volume collects the best of beloved poet Alden Nowlan's explicitly honest, direct, and insightful poetry. One of Canada's most influential poets, he left a rich legacy of poetry that is accessible yet profound, and that speaks to people's lives with wry observation and keen insight. During his lifetime he received many prestigious accolades and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry. Alden Nowlan: Selected Poems is for Nowlan fans and new readers alike. Reflecting the recurring themes that illuminate Nowlan's work, this volume is a tribute to a poet who deserves to be treasured for all time.
Alden Nowlan was born January 25, 1933 at Windsor, Nova Scotia. Primarily self-educated, Nowlan worked as a newspaperman, and published poetry, plays, short stories, and novels. His poetry collection Bread, Wine and Salt won the Governor General's Literary Award in 1967. Much of his work reflects his regional roots and an affection for ordinary people. Nowlan was central in the Fredericton and Atlantic literary community and became writer-in-residence at University of New Brunswick in 1969. He died in Fredericton on June 27, 1983.