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Alden Nowlan
Alden Albert Nowlan (January 25, 1933 - June 27, 1983) was a Canadian poet, novelist, playwright, and journalist. Born in Stanley, Nova Scotia, Nowlan eventually settled in New Brunswick, where he earned his living primarily through journalism. In 1963, he married Claudine Orser, a typesetter on his former paper, The Observer, and moved to Saint John with her and her son, John, whom he legally adopted. Though largely self-educated, some of his most notable achievements include the Governor General's Award for Bread, Wine and Salt (1967) as well a Guggenheim fellowship. He was the Writer-in-Residence at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton from 1969 until his death in 1983, and has a provincial poetry award named in his honour. Nowlan is one of Canada's most popular 20th century poets. His appearance in the anthology Staying Alive (2002) has helped to spread his popularity beyond Canada. In the 1970s, Nowlan met and became close friends with, theatre director Walter Learning. The two collaborated on a number of play scripts including: Frankenstein, The Dollar Woman, and The Incredible Murder of Cardinal Tosca. The Alden Nowlan House at the University of New Brunswick is named in his honour. It is currently the home of UNB's Graduate Student Association. He is buried in the Poets' Corner of the Forest Hill cemetery in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

the mysterious naked man
A mysterious naked man has been reported
on Cranston Avenue. The police are performing
the... [read poem]
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