Andrew Suknaski:

An Inventory of His Papers at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Andrea Martin
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
(August 2014)

Finding aid encoded by Andrea Martin (August 2014)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Creator:
Andrew Suknaski

Title:
Andrew Suknaski fonds

Dates:
1967-1989

Quantity:
0.45 m of textual records

Identification:
Mss 125 (A90-40)

English

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Biography of Andrew Suknaski

The poet Andrew Suknaski was born in 1942 in a homestead near Wood Mountain, Saskatchewan. His mother was Polish and his father Ukrainian; English was not his first language. Suknaski attended Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia as well as the Kootenay School of Fine Arts and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts School of Art & Design. He worked a series of menial jobs across the Prairies and in 1976 referred to himself as a ‘migrant worker.’

Much of Suknaski's early poetry is self published in pamphlet form by his own Elfin Plot Press. The work is visual in nature: concrete poems based on East Asian characters and collage. His emergence as a major voice in Western Canadian poetry can be traced to the publication of Wood Mountain Poems , by MacMillan Canada in 1976. This ground breaking work was followed by The Ghosts Call You Poor , in 1978. Suknaski's first two books have a mythological feel, with references to Sitting Bull, Chinese coolies in British Columbia and the Wood Mountain of his boyhood. That same year Suknaski was the topic of “Wood Mountain Poems,” a film by Harvey Spak for the National Film Board of Canada. The following year Suknaski published East of Myloona, a book about the people of the North. Over the next six years Suknaski produced three more books of poetry and an anthology. In the Name of Narid , 1981, tells of political suffering in other countries. The following year a volume of selected poems, The Land They Gave Away , was published as well as Montage to an Interstellar Cry . At the beginning of the 1980s, Suknaski embarked on his most ambitious project to date, a work entitled “Celestial Mechanics”. The first phase of the project resulted in Montage to an Interstellar Cry.

The second portion was entitled “Divining the West,” and never reached fruition. The third installment of the work resulted in the publication of Silk Trail in 1985, while the fourth component, “Ussuri Line,” remains unfinished. He also wrote a history of the Roumanians in Western Canada which was never published. Suknaski did not limit himself to poetry; he worked as a researcher on a number of National Film Board projects like “Grain” and “The Disinherited.” Poor health has prevented him from writing in recent years.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This accession consists of publications containing poetry by Suknaski, or, publications containing reviews or discussion of his work.

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged into two series:

  • 1. Publications with poems by Suknaski
  • 2. Publications with reviews or discussions of Suknaski's poems

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Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on this material.

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Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions will apply.

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Custodial History

This accession (A90-40) was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Andrew Suknaski in 1990.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Publications with poems by Suknaski [ 1967-1980 ]
BoxFolder
11 Asterisk
2 Asterisk, January 1967
3 Asterisk, March 1967
4 Pluck Vol. 1, No. 2, Spring 1968
5 Mainline, No. 2, June 1968
6 Mainline, No. 3, November 1968
7 The High Country, No. 9, Summer 1969
8 The Peak Review [incomplete], September 17, 1969
9 Connexion, Vol. 1, No. 2, April 1969
10 Connexion, Vol. 1, No. 3, November 1969
11 Connexion, No. 4
12 Laid Bare, 1969
13 Black Moss, Vol. 1, No. 1, 1969
14 Black Moss
15 Copperfield: an independent Canadian literary magazine of the land & the north, Vol. 2, Spring 1970
16 Copperfield: an independent Canadian literary magazine of the land & the north, Vol. 3, 1970
17 Another Poetry Magazine, No. 1, June 1970
18 Canadian Poetry: a selection of major new work, 1970
19 The Fiddlehead, May-June-July, 1970
20 Vigilante, No. 1, May1970
21 Vigilante, No. 2, Fall 1970
22 Mainline, No. 8, February 1971
23 Vigilante, No. 3, April 1971
24 The Fiddlehead, Spring 1971
25 West Coast Review, Vol. 6, No. 2, October 1971
26 Quarry, Vol. 20, No. 1, Winter 1971
27 Copperfield: and independent Canadian literary magazine of the lnad & the north, Vol. 4, 1972
28 Mainline, No. 11, Fall 1972
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21 The Capilano Review, Fall 1972
2 Quarry, Vol. 21, No. 4, Autumn, 1972
3 The Kicking Horse News, Vol. 10, No. 2, October 1972
4 Argot, No. 29, December 1972
5 Seven Persons Repository, No. 6, Spring 1973
6 Harbinger 1973
7 Salt, No. 9, Summer 1973
8 The Capilano Review, Spring/Summer 1973
9 Canada Goose: A Canadian Poetery Quarterly, Fall 1973
10 New, No. 22 & No. 23, Fall/Winter 1973-1974
11 Canada Goose: A Canadian Poetery Quarterly, Spring 1974
12 Seven Persons Repository, No. 10, Spring 1974
13 Sailing the Road Clear: A Poetry Magazine, Vol. 2 May 1974
14 Boreal, No. 1, Summer 1974
15 Salt, No. 11 Summer-Fall 1974
16 Mindthots 1974
17 Salt, No. 12, Winter 1974-1975
18 Split Level, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1975
19 Repository, No. 14, Spring 1975
20 Repository, No. 15, Summer 1975
21 Pulp, Vol. 3, No.7, October 15, 1975
22 Mr. Cogito, Vol. 2, No. 3, 1975
23 Poetry Toronto, Newsletter 1, 1976
24 Pulp, Vol. 3, No. 12 February 14, 1976
25 Warm Poets for Cold Nights, Poetry Sheet No. 6 1976
26 Canada Goose, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1976
27 Northern Journey 6 June 1976
28 Contemporary Verse Two: A Quarterly of Canadian Poetry Criticism, Vol. 2, No. 3, August 1976
29 Mr. Cogito, Vol. 3, No. 1, Fall 1976
30 The Capilano Review, No. 12, 1977
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31 Nebula, No. 5: Longpoems, 1977
2 Cross Country: a magazine of Canadian-U.S. poetry, No.8/9, 1977
3 Rune, No. 4, Spring 1977
4 Freelance, Vol. 8, No. 5, May 1977
5 Number One Northern: Poetry from Saskatchewan, 1979
6 Dandelion, Vol. 7, No. 1, 1980
7 Northward Journal 17: A Quarterly of Northern Arts, No. 17, 1980

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Publications with reviews or discussions of Suknaski's poems 1970-1989
BoxFolder
38 grOnk series 5, No. 5, 1970
9 Quarry, Vol. 20, No. 4, Year End 1971
10 West Coast Review, Index Issue, Vol. 6, No. 4, April 1972
11 Freelance, Vol. 5, No. 5, Autumn 1973
12 West Coast Review, Vol. 8, No. 2, October 1973
13 Seven Persons Repository, No. 8, Autumn 1973
14 The Horbly Gnome, No. 3, 1973
15 Salt, No. 10, Winter 1973-1974
16 Repository, No. 11, Summer 1974
17 Salt, No. 13-No. 14, Winter 1975-1976
18 Pocket Poetry, Vol. 2, No. 1, April 1976
19 Freelance, Vol. 8, No. 1, October 1976
20 Contemporary Verse Two: A Quarterly of Canadian Poetry Criticism, Vol. 2, No. 4, December 1976
21 Pages 61-62 from Canadian Forum December-January 1976-1977
22 Repository, No. 23-24, 1977
23 Freelance, Vol. 8, No. 3, February 1977
24 The Grasslander II, April 1977
25 Contemporary Verse Two: A Quarterly of Canadian Poetry Criticism, Vol. 3, No. 1, Spring 1977
26 Freelance, Vol. 8, No, 4, April 1977
27 Freelance, Vol. 8, No. 6, July 1977
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41 The Bulletin, Vol. 12, No. 10, November 16, 1977
2 The Manitoban, Vol. 64, No. 30, December 1, 1977
3 NeWest ReView, Vol. 3, No. 5, January 1978
4 NeWest ReView, Vol. 3, No. 6, February 1978
5 NeWest ReView, Vol. 4, No. 2, October 1978
6 The Manitoban, Vol. 64, No. 38, January 13, 1978
7 The Manitoban, Vol. 64, No. 50, March 13, 1978
8 Writers News, No. 6-7, 1978
9 Freelance, April 1979
10 Freelance, June 1979
11 Contemporary Verse Two: A Magazine of Canadian Poetry Criticism, Vol. 5, No. 1, Autumn 1980
12 The Camrose Review: a journal of lutheran thought, No. 1, [1981]
13 The Camrose Review: a journal of lutheran thought, No. 2, [1981]
14 Contemporary Verse Two: A Magazine of Canadian Poetry Criticism, Vol. 6, No. 4, August 1982
15 The Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature, No. 2, Spring-Summer 1984
16 The Prairie Journal of Canadian Literature, No. 3, Fall-Winter 1984-1985
17 Seven Buffaloes Catalog, 1985
18 Hard Row to Hoe: Reviews from Rural America, Vol. 1, No. 9, January 1985
19 Freelance, Vol. 18, No. 5, December-January, 1988-1989
20 Freelance, Vol. 18, No. 5, April 1989

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