Friday, November 6, 2009
Allan Briesmaster is a poet, freelance editor, and publisher, who lives in Thornhill, Ontario. He was the main organizer of the weekly Art Bar Poetry Reading Series in Toronto from 1993 to 2002, and has organized and hosted a variety of other literary events in the GTA over the past twenty years. He is the co-editor of the anthology Crossing Lines: Poets Who Came to Canada in the Vietnam War Era (Seraphim Editions, 2008). As an editor, he has been instrumental in the production of more than 70 books of poetry and non-fiction since 1998. Allan’s new book Confluences (Seraphim Editions (2009) represents his most wide-ranging and adventurous work to date. Its four parts have overlapping themes: reflections on what has come down to us from antiquity, encounters with the Canadian landscape, homages to eminent and writers and musicians, and explorations of such subjects as friendship, desire, and aging.