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Don Coles (Canada)

Don Coles is one of Canada's most successful and respected poets. He studied history at the University of Toronto and took a second degree at Cambridge University, then spent more than a decade on the continent in France, Germany, Switzerland and Scandinavia. Coles and his wife, Heidi, returned to Canada after the birth of his first child, and he was invited to join the faculty of York University's humanities department where he remained for over 30 years. He was also, for ten years, Senior Poetry Editor at the Banff Centre for the Arts.

He recently turned to fiction, his novel Doctor Bloom's Story (Knopf / Random House, 2003) receiving uniformly enthusiastic reviews in Canada. He has published ten books of poetry. He is the recipient of a Governor General's Award, a Trillium Award and the John Glassco Prize for Translation.

Forthcoming titles include A Dropped Glove in Regent Street (Vehicule, June 2007), memoirs of the author's younger life, and a volume of poetry translated into German by Margitt Lehbert, (due out in Berlin in Spring 2007).

Don Coles lives in Toronto.