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John Oughton

John Oughton

Photo: Brenda Clews

Born in Guelph, Ontario, John has lived in Egypt, Iraq and Japan and then settled in Toronto. He has a BA and MA in English from YOrk U., and non-credit writing courses at the jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, where he worked closely with Allen GInsbeg and Anne Waldman. After working in publishing and coporate communications, be began a 20-year career teaching Ontario community colleges.  He taught English and general education courses, and then for the last 10 years led faculty development at Centennial College. Now retired, he enjoys free-lance editing, improving his photography, playing guitar and travelling (when allowed!).



Taking Tree Trains. Coach HOuse Press, 1973
Gearing of Love. Mosaic Editions, 1984
Counting Out the Millennium. Pecan Grove Press, 1999
Time Slip. Guernica Editions, 2010
Death by Triangulation. NeoPoiesis, 2015
Mata Hari's Lost Words. NeoPoiesis, 2017
Higher Teaching. Guernica Editions, 2021
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Presentation Length:
60 min.
Grade 5 and up
Audience Size:
Workshop Description:

Ater learning some of the basic forms and teachniques of poetry, with examples from the work of John and other writers, students will be encouraged to write short pieces of their own in response to visual and musical prompts.