Dennis Lee

Dennis Lee is a Canadian poet whose repertoire includes the classic book Alligator Pie.
Dennis Lee is a poet and co-founder of House of Anansi Press. (Courtesy House of Anansi Press)

Dennis Lee's contributions to the Canadian literary landscape are innumerable. His career spans nearly 40 books, including the 1972 Governor General's Literary Award winner Civil Elegies, and the iconic children's poetry collection Alligator Pie, which is credited with starting a boom in Canadian children's publishing in the 1970s. In 1967, he co-founded House of Anansi Press with writer Dave Godfrey and edited early works by luminaries like Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje and Austin Clarke. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and most recently published the book, Heart Residencewhich collects 50 years of his poetry.

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43 years ago
Beloved children's poet Dennis Lee reads <em>90 Minutes Live</em> a few bedtime poems. I Eat Kids Yum Yum, Being Five, and The Bratty Brother from Garbage Delight. Written by Dennis Lee. Illustrated by Frank Newfeld. Toronto: Macmillan, 1977. Kahshe or Chicoutimi, and Someday I'll Go to Winnipeg from Alligator Pie. Written by Dennis Lee. Illustrated by Frank Newfeld. Toronto: Macmillan, 1974. 9:58
50 years ago, Dennis Lee co-founded House of Anansi Press. To mark the anniversary, Anansi has published a collection of his poetry called “Heart Residence.” Lee is the author of more than 30 books, and winner of nearly every literary prize in Canada. 42:47
Poet Dennis Lee interviewed about "Heart Residence," which brings together 50 years of his work, on location at the Writers at Woody Point Festival, in Newfoundland. 12:35


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