Allan Cooper

Born in 1954 in Moncton, NB, Allan Cooper is a poet, musician, translator, and publisher – and another of the province’s writers who is not widely known. He studied literature at Mount Allison University under John Thompson, whose influence is discernable in Cooper’s first book of poetry, Blood-Lines (1979). That collection exhibits both an inherent musicality and a fascination with time’s imprint, each Cooper’s trademarks and each reflecting the style of the Tantramar poets. His work also shows the influence of the Chinese and Japanese writers he has translated into English. Many of his poems are set in the small seaside village of Alma, NB, on the Bay of Fundy, where he has lived since 1991. An editor of the journal Germination from 1982-91, he founded Owl’s Head Press in 1985 to publish writers who were out of the literary mainstream. He also served as the first President of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick.

For the full Author Page on Cooper, click here.


The linked Author Page contains the poems "The Form," "Desert Roses," "After Rain," "Winds," "The Clearing," "Sunflower," "Bending the Branch," and "Ghazal. In Memory of John Thompson."