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Alexander Forbes

Bio: Alexander Forbes taught English literature and creative writing for many years at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, as well as the Universities of British Columbia and Toronto. A recording of his poems, the beauty of the city in the last hour of the night - read by Tina Moore (from the Gemini Award-winning The Vetala) and produced by the former lead singer of PRISM, Capitol Records Gold Record recipient Henry Small (who also wrote music to the poems and plays on the CD) - has recently won first prizes in three international audiobook competitions, and is the second of their audiobooks together. Forbes is the author of two books of poems (after the moon a blue ocean, and luminous orange) and is co-author, with Tricia Sellmer, of Rumours of Bees: Paintings of Tricia Sellmer, Poems of Alexander Forbes as well as author of Oranges: A Novella for Puppets, illustrated by Natalia Vanessa. His poems, essays and reviews have appeared in literary journals throughout Canada from British Columbia to Quebec and across the U.S. from California to New York, including such journals as Canadian Literature, the Haight Ashbury Literary Journal, The Rocky Mountain Review, Fan, Frogpond, Woodnotes, the pine bettle REVIEW, and Mosaic plus many others, as well as in four art gallery catalogues that have included both his poetry and Tricia Sellmer's paintings, documenting their joint exhibitions across western and northern Canada. The biography of E.J. Pratt that he was invited to contribute to The University of Toronto's Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada is accompanied by biographies of Alun Lewis and H.H. Munro (Saki) that have appeared in The Dictionary of Literary Biography (Detroit). His poems have also been included in a number of collections, including two published by New Star Press and a collection of British Columbia poets selected and edited by Susan Musgrave, while a poem of his became the basis for a short ballet as a result of his being a prizewinner in the Artists E