John Unrau was born in Saskatoon and schooled in Alberta and Saskatchewan. He holds a B.A. from the University of Alberta and a doctorate from Oxford, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar.
From 1969-2006, he was a Professor of English at York University, where he is now a Senior Scholar.
In 1999, John founded and directed a public reading series at York University entitled CANADIAN WRITERS IN PERSON, which he facilitated until 2004, hosting more than 60 Canadian poets, novelists, and short story writers.
John's published works include: two illustrated books on architecture: LOOKING AT ARCHITECTURE WITH RUSKIN (Thames and Hudson, London, 1978), and RUSKIN AND ST. MARK'S (Thames and Hudson,London, 1984).
THE BALANCINGS OF THE CLOUDS: an illustrated biography and study of the watercolours of Mennonite artist Mary Klassen (Windflower Publications, Winnipeg), was published in 1991.
In his mid-40s, John began writing poetry and published his first collection of poems entitled ICED WATER (Salmon Publishing, Ireland) in 2000. He is a member of the League of Canadian Poets.
Current Poetry Director for HHWEN, John lives in Minden Hills, Ontario in the beautiful Haliburton Highlands.
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