Barry McKinnon was a poet and his fonds consists of 11 metres of textual materials, including extended correspondence, manuscript materials (both his own and others), publications, proofs, financial records, and transcriptions; 198 audio recordings, lectures and preparation work for teaching. Fonds also includes a large quantity of influential (and obscure) periodicals published in the Canadian west and material related to Barry McKinnon and The Caledonia Writing Series and Gorse Press.
The audio collection consists of cassette and reel to reel tapes of poetry readings and interviews in Prince George and other locations within Canada, (i.e. Edmonton, Montreal, and Vancouver). Readings from the 1980 Writing Conference Words/Loves at the College of New Caledonia along with many Poetry Readings at CNC during the 1970s to the 1990s. Poets and writers in the audio collection include Barry McKinnon, Ken Belford, Earle Birney, Bill Bissett, George Bowering, Robert Creeley, Brian Fawcett, Gerry Gilbert, Arti Gold, Elizabeth Hay, Roy Kiyooka, Robert Kroetsch, Evelyn Lau, Irving Layton, Dorothy Livesay, Daphne Marlatt, Susan Musgrave, bp Nichol, Michael Ondaatje, Stan Persky, David Phillips, Al Purdy, George Stanley, Sharon Thesen, Fred Wah, and Tom Wayman.
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