Poet and novelist Robert Allen, 1946-2006
I just received a very sad email from Stephanie MacLean of Vehicule Press.
As a professor in the Creative Writing department of Concordia University he had a lasting influence on hundreds students over the years–many of whom became writers. As the editor of Matrix magazine he opened its pages to the innovative work of a new generation of writers and illustrators. His 15 published works included poetry, short stories, and three novels.
Véhicule Press is proud to have published Magellan’s Clouds: Poems 1971-1986 (1987) and Standing Wave (2005), both part of its Signal Editions poetry series. Standing Wave reflected themes familiar to Robert Allen’s poetry and novels: the slow rusts and wild incandescences of memory; the myths and delusions sustaining our lives; and the uneasy duo of body and mind. His latest book, The Encantadas, published this year by Conundrum Press, collects together in one volume his important long poem of the same name.
Robert Allen was born in England in 1946 and came to Canada as a ten-year-old. He attended the University of Toronto and Cornell University and taught at Kenyon College (Ohio), Champlain College (Lennoxville, QC), and Concordia University since 1982.