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Barry McKinnon

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Barry Benjamin McKinnon (1944 – October 30, 2023) was a Canadian poet.

Born in Calgary, Alberta,[1] he taught English and Creative Writing at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, British Columbia, one of the original 19 faculty appointed by the College in 1969. McKinnon died from multiple organ failure on October 30, 2023.[2]


  • The Golden Daybreak Hair. Toronto, ON: Aliquondo Press, 1967.
  • The Carcasses of Spring. Vancouver, BC: Talonbooks, 1971.
  • I Wanted to Say Something. Prince George, BC: Caledonia Writing Series, 1975.
  • Death of a Lyric Poet. Prince George, BC: Caledonia Writing Series, 1975.
  • Songs & Speeches. Prince George, BC: Caledonia Writing Series, 1976.
  • Sex at Thirty One. Prince George, BC: Caledonia Writing Series, 1977.
  • The The. (Fragments). Prince George, BC: Repository /Gorse Press, 1979.
  • The The. Toronto, ON: Coach House Press, 1980. (Nominated for the 1981 Governor General's Award)
  • Thoughts/Sketches. North Vancouver, BC: Tatlow/Gorse, 1985.
  • I Wanted to Say Something. Red Deer, AB: Red Deer College Press, 1990.
  • Pulplog. Prince George, BC: Caitlin Press, 1991.
  • Four Realities: poets from northern BC. Prince George, BC: Caitlin Press, 1992.
  • Arrythmia. Prince George, BC: Gorse Press, 1994.
  • The Centre. Prince George, BC: Caitlin Press, 1995.



  1. ^ "Calgary-born poet revives the past". The Calgary Herald. January 2, 1976. Retrieved November 4, 2012.
  2. ^ "Barry McKinnon (1944–2023)". Paul E. Nelson. 1 November 2023. Retrieved 4 November 2023.

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