Donlan lives in Vancouver half the year, where he worked as a reference librarian at the Vancouver Public Library for 20 years. For the other six months, he lives on a lake north of Kingston, Ontario, surrounded by 177 acres of wilderness. Spirit Engine is his fourth collection of poetry.
Interviews & Articles
John Donlan at Canadian Literature
John Donlan at Canadian Poetry Online
John Donlan interview on Saskatoon’s Shaw TV show, Lit Happens
Lit Happens is a weekly segment on Shaw TV Saskatoon that shines a spotlight on the booming literary scene in Saskatchewan
Interview with John Donlan
Excerpt from “The Secret of What Is Important”
the Association of Book Publishers of British Columbia, 2008
Through the questions posed to them, many Brick Books authors have taken the time to provide insights into such things as their writing process, experience as poets, reflections on poems among many other things.
Insights from John Donlan can be found here.
- Author Questionnaire
- Writing exercises – please share some of your favourite writing exercises – things you do to limber up or exercises you use with workshops
- Reflections on the genesis of one of your own poems
- Discuss your career as a writer: what your apprenticeship entailed, how you got to where you are
- What feeds your writing?