Fonds RC0582 - John Terpstra fonds

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John Terpstra fonds

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  • 1930-2006 (Creation)

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3.94 m of textual records and other materials

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John Terpstra was born in Brockville, Ontario in 1953 and moved to Edmonton as a child. He has spent most of his life in Hamilton, Ontario. Terpstra was educated at Trinity Christian College in Chicago and the University of Toronto. He has published several books of poetry including the Governor-General Literary Awards’ nominee, Disarmament (2003). His prose works include The Boys, or Waiting for the Electrician’s Daughter (2005) which was a finalist for the Charles Taylor Prize and Falling into Place (2002). His selected poetry has been collected in Two or Three Guitars (2006).

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The fonds contains correspondence, books and other writings, photographs, audio-visual and related materials, community involvement, conferences, readings, personal materials, printed materials.

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Fonds (57-2008) was acquired from John Terpstra in September 2008.


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