Watts, Charles

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Charles Watts (1947-1998) was a poet and literary curator. Born in San Francisco and raised in Roseville, California, he moved to British Columbia in the 1971 to attend Simon Fraser University where he studied English Literature studying under poet Robin Blaser and completed his M.A. From 1978-1997 he served as assistant curator of the SFU Librarys Special Collections (including the Contemporary Literature Collection). In 1995, he was a principal organizer of a conference honouring Blaser called The Recovery of the Public World, and later co-edited a collection of essays and conference papers under the same title (Talonbooks, 1998). He published one book of his own poetry, Bread and Wine (Tantrum, 1987), and a number of essays and papers in journals. At the time of his death he was working on a PhD thesis on Herman Melville. The library of the Kootenay School of Writing in Vancouver, B.C. is named in his honour.


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