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Publication - "The Capilano Review" (TCR)

The Capilano Review (TCR) was founded in 1971 by Pierre Coupey at Capilano College in North Vancouver. Its first issue appeared in 1972. The series consists of records generated from the publishing activities of The Capilano Review when Coupey was the founding editor from 1971-1976; editor 1989-1991; assistant editor 1987-1989, 2002, to committee member and now as a Board member. TCR provides a forum for experimental contemporary writings and poetry from notable writers and poets along with publishing artworks by artists from Canada, the US and other countries. Along with publishing the magazine, TCR also conducts interviews and hosts workshops, talks and panel discussions. In 2015, TCR parted from Capilano University to become an independent literary, art and poetry magazine. Records include, but are not limited to the following: correspondence, artwork submissions, research articles, Curricula Vitae (CVs) and biographies, interview transcriptions, marked proofs, newspaper articles, hand written notes, postcards and greeting cards, administrative records (agendas, minutes, memos and letters) for the Koerner Foundation Lecture Series, submissions from writers such as Sharon Thesen, Michael Ondaatje, Bill Schermbrucker, George Bowering, Phyllis Webb, Duncan McNaughton, and Jack Spicer, and correspondence from writers/poets such as Robin Blaser, Brian Fawcett, bp Nichol, Fielding Dawson, Audrey Thomas, Susan Musgrave, Rick Jones, Brian Fisher, Stan Persky and Guy Montpetit. The Series also includes a copy of and is not limited to the following: the Capilano Courier, February 14, 1979, which ran a parody of The Capilano Review; Boreal: poesia Espanola en el Canada, Marzo 1975 nos. 4-5; Cancion En El Viento poesias by Manuel Betanzos Santos, 1974; a manuscript of San Francisco Gone by George Stanley, 1989; poetic works such as “The White Antibes, The Canaries” “The Black Bull,” “Morning,” “Bet On It,” and “To Melville” by Duncan McNaughton; Stan Dragland’s “Creatures of Ecstasy,” 1986 and non-fiction work “Coach House Poetry,” ND and Michael de Courcy’s “Grocery List,” ND.

Independent press

Series consists of correspondence, drafts and copies of the free press papers, newspaper articles and protest information.


Series consists of notebooks containing drafts and outlines of and notes for poems, articles, and short stories by Trower.


Series consists of photographs of Peter Trower, his partner Yvonne Klan, and their family, friends and other acquaintances. Photographs relate to Trower’s writing, musical and personal activities, his childhood in England and Canada, and his family life. Series includes many photographs of Trower with writer and publisher friends, giving readings, attending literary events, awards ceremonies, and book signings and performing with former bandmates Mike Dunn and Ken Dagliesh, Industrial Accident and the Caulk Boots and Marlin Spikes production. Also included are photographs taken during the filming of the documentary "Between the Sky and the Splinters" in 1976, photographs of Trower’s travels with Yvonne, his various residences, publicity shots for book covers, and photographs from his seventieth birthday party in 2000. Fellow writers appearing in photographs include Earle Birney, Trevor Carolan, Jim Christy, Lorna Crozier, Jamie Mandelkau, John Moore, Cath Morris, Mary Nichol, Stuart Nutter, Richard Olafson, Malcolm Parry, George Payerle, Joe Perone, Ted Poole, Greg Potter, Al Purdy, Robin Skelton, Carol Skoloff, Godfrey Stephens, Alan Twigg, Howard White, and Carolyn Zenailo.

Reviews and articles regarding other writers and artists

Series consists of reviews, articles and other publications collected by Peter Trower relating to other writers and artists, particularly friends and acquaintances of Trower, as well as others who have influenced his work. Many of the items contain written notes or commentary by Trower. Includes material pertaining to the following individuals: Jim Christy, Lorna Crozier, Hubert Evans, Orville Fisher, Eileen Glassford, Jim Green, Bus Griffiths, britt hagarty, Jack Kerouac, Ken Kesey, Patrick Lane, Red Lane, Frank Lewis, Charles Lillard, John Moore, Stuart Nutter, Shari Pandit, Al Purdy, George Ryga, Robin Skelton, Godfrey Stevens, Robert Swanson, Warren Tallman, Tom Waits, and Jack Williams.

Works by other authors

Series consists of various works written by other authors, mainly those from British Columbia, either collected by Peter Trower or sent to him by others. Includes drafts as well as published versions of of poetry, articles, and essays. Some works contain editorial marks or comments by Trower, and some are signed by the author. Includes works by Joe Denham, britt hagarty, Patrick Lane, Curt Lang, Jamie Mandelkau, John Moore, Cath Morris, George Payerle, Greg Potter, Jamie Reid, Howard White, Jim Green, Carl Chrismas, Dorothy Livesay, David Day, and James Lewis, among others.

Personal records

Series consists of various types of records relating to Wah's personal activities. Records include photographs, notes and course materials from his days as a university student, personal calendars, and records relating to Wah's 20th high school reunion.

Textual materials

The series consists of various printed materials, mostly newspaper articles. There is one illustrated advertisement for an up-coming speaking tour, but the other items are mostly tributes relating to the life and death of E. Pauline Johnson.

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