BIOGRAPHY


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“Dean is a combination of thought and torment that has made him write more than a baker’s dozen of fine poems.. he might produce a collection that could astound us all.” – Irving Layton

(Irving Layton, one of Canada’s foremost poets, nominated twice for the Nobel Prize for Literature; teacher, friend and mentor to Leonard Cohen, whom Leonard called “Canada’s greatest poet” and the man to whom Leonard dedicated his latest book.)

Briefly:

Started sending poetry out to literary journals, academic magazines, etc. Won some unsolicited awards.  130 pieces published in prestigious literary journals worldwide. (see here: https://deanjbaker.wordpress.com/literary-publications/)

Had my work championed by Irving Layton, Joe Rosenblatt, John Newlove, Milton Acorn, Al Purdy, Gwen MacEwen, Allen Ginsberg, etc.

Have a degree from the University of Guelph where I specialized in Literature and Languages, and initiated the program of independent study.

Was asked by Irving Layton, twice Nobel Prize nominee and teacher of Leonard Cohen, to informally assist him in teaching his Honours Creative Writing class for M.A. and Ph.D students at York University.

Two chapbooks published by Mad Poet Press, 22 published through Amazon CreateSpace.

Work on several others continues in spite of absent sales; no current literary, or academic associations, nor social media support from any poets published by established publishing houses.

Consider making a donation here supporting my continued work: https://www.paypal.me/deanjbaker

“This is the poet I’ve been telling you about…” Gwen MacEwen introducing me to Marian Engel, and Judith Merrill.

Graduated from the University of Guelph after a long trying ordeal (for them) – actually responsible for the idea of creative study programs there after contending with me.

©Dean J. Baker

Have been all over Canada; tramped through England, Ireland, Greece, Italy, Germany, USA (New York City-Chicago-Miami-Atlanta-Alabama…Georgia, Florida, California, etc)

Available for readings. Contact: deanjbaker at g mail dot com

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12 thoughts on “BIOGRAPHY

  1. Hi Dean thank you so much for stopping by my Blog and deciding to Follow I am honored! I Follow you too and I see that many of my friends here on the Blogosphere are your followers! 🙂 I follow you also on other social media! I hope that you enjoy my Blog and my Art! I am an artist that love to express her creativity in many different ways and through different mediums also writings sometimes when poems are whispered into my soul! Have a great weekend! 🙂

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  2. Dear Dean,

    I´ve nominated you on my web for the Versatile Blogger Award.
    I´ve mentioned writers and people who have much to share, and can bring a new light to our eyes and souls. (I´m Argentinian and my main readers are Spanish speakers, but we all speak and read in English). Of course, you are not a “blogger”, but a terrific writer. Nevertheless, the idea is to bring more readers your words, books and wisdom. 🙂
    My best regards and hugs for you.

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  3. I am in awe of you. Can I ask you a question? If you could go back to the beginning of your career, what advice would you give yourself?

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  4. I wish I was better in English so I could understand EVERY word you write…but I can understand much of them, and I just say that you are a great poet!

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    1. Thank you for replying and I will certainly take your wise advice. It’s my birthday on the 22nd, I may just treat myself 😉

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      1. welcome – enjoy a look through the poems, comment and say what you think – I think Dark Earth is a pick.. as well as some others, depending on what you might like most of course

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