Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00518 - Don McKay Papers

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Don McKay Papers


  • 1954-2006 (Creation)

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36 boxes (6.5 metres)

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Biographical history

Don McKay, an award-winning poet, editor and educator, was born in 1942 in Owen Sound, Ont. He was educated at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Wales, where he earned his PhD in 1971. He taught creative writing and English for 27 years in universities, including the University of Western Ontario and the University of New Brunswick. He is the author of twelve books of poetry, including Long Sault (1975), Lependu (1978), and Apparatus. He has twice won the Governor General's Award, for Night Field and Another Gravity. He won the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2007 for Strike/Slip. He currently resides in Newfoundland.

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Gift of Don McKay, 2007.

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Collection consists of manuscript drafts (both holograph and typescript) of McKay's published and unpublished poems and other writings. Publications represented in this collection include: Night Field: Poems (1991), Apparatus (1997), Another Gravity (2000), Vis a Vis (2001), Deactivated West 100 (2005) and Strike/Slip (2006). Other materials in the collection are manuscripts from other writers edited by McKay, as well as correspondence with various writers and friends. It also includes extensive research material, most of it holograph, on writers for his teaching activities.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • ஆங்கிலம்

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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