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George McWhirter

posted Aug 9, 2010, 7:01 PM by Kim Nayyer

George McWhirter On March 8, 2007 George McWhirter, Professor Emeritus of UBC’s Creative Writing Program, was named the City of Vancouver’s inaugural Poet Laureate. A Vancouver resident since 1968, George McWhirter was born in Belfast where he received his B.A. from Queen’s University. His extensive teaching experience has taken him from Kilkeel, Bangor, County Down to the University of Barcelona’s Escuela de Idiomas, to Port Alberni and finally to UBC, where he was Head of the UBC Creative Writing Department from 1983 until 1993 and where he earned a Killam Prize for teaching. An author of six books of poetry, two poetic works in translation, five short stories and three novels, McWhirter has been the Advisory Editor for PRISM international magazine and has edited several anthologies.

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