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David Kent fonds
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CA UMASC MSS 366-A2012-068
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- Kent, David A.
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0.98 m of textual records; 0.045 m of electronic materials (21 hard floppy disks)
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David A. Kent was born in Winnipeg in 1948 and did his undergraduate degree in history and English at the University of Winnipeg (1970). After completing his MA in English at Queen’s University, he taught at the University of British Columbia for two years (1971-1973) before doing a PhD at York in Toronto (1979). He began teaching at Centennial College in Toronto in 1978 and retired at the end of 2011. He has been active in such professional organizations as the Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English and the Modern Language Association of America.
He has published numerous reviews and articles and written, edited, or co-edited a dozen books on a variety of topics, including English poet Christina Rossetti, a family history, a parish history, early modern English literature, Romantic parodies, and religious poetry. He has a special interest in Canadian poet Margaret Avison.
Together with his wife, Margo Swiss, he began The St. Thomas Poetry Series at St. Thomas’s Church, Huron Street, in Toronto in 1988. In 1996 the readings series was complemented by the publication of books by Christian poets. The series is ongoing. As of 2016, thirty publications have been issued.
The fonds were donated in 2012 by David Kent.
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The 2012 accession (2012-068) consists of 8 series that include correspondence, manuscripts, indexes, and other materials related to the publication of works and anthologies edited by David Kent, including Lighting up the Terrain: The Poetry of Margaret Avison, Hugh Anson-Cartwright, Bookseller: A Celebration, and Christian Poetry in Canada. The accession also consists of correspondence with writers and poets, including Douglas Lochhead, Robert Finch, Richard Outram, and George Johnston, relating to their contributions to anthologies edited by David Kent, and the St. Thomas Poetry Series. It also includes a series of electronic records related to the material in the collection.
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Finding aid revised by N. Courrier (January 2019). Revised by M. Horodyski (July and December 2019).