Internationally known bilingual Canadian poet, sonneteer, haijin and the
inhouse poetry critic for the UK e-zine, Poetry Life &
Times, Richard Vallance was born in Guelph, Ontario on March 11 1945.
Richard is a graduate of Sir Wilfrid Laurier University (HBA, 1968) and The
University of Western Ontario (MLS, 1975), and is a retired reference librarian
at the University of Ottawa. In October 1983, Richard Vallance won the
$1,000 Data Courier Award for Excellence in Online Published Papers for his
outstanding contributions to the field of Library Science.
Richard has spent most of his life in Canada, where he has gone on several
long and arduous canoe trips in the wilderness of Northern Ontario and
Quebec. These canoe trips have served as the primary inspiration for so
many of Richard Vallance's quintessentially Canadian poems and sonnets.
Richard considers himself as a Neo-Romantic poet par excellence, insofar as he
explicitly espouses the ideals of the great Romantic poets, most notably Percy
Bysshe Shelley, in his Defence of
Poetry (1821). Richard's Neo-Romantic poetry idealism naturally
reflects the literary scene of twenty-first century Canlit.
Richard writes the monthly sonnet and poetry critical review, The Vallance
Review, Poetry Life & Times. As of January 2005, he has written 41
reviews on such great historical poets as Francesco Petrarch, Sir Thomas Wyatt,
William Shakespeare, John Milton, John Keats, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Percy
Bysshe Shelley, Archibald Lampman, Rupert Brooke and Walter de la Mare, and on
many contemporary poets, including Esther Cameron, editor of The
Neovictorian/Cochlea, Madison, Wisconsin, Jim Dunlap, Sara Russell and C.S.
Richard Vallance moderates three poetry groups on Yahoo groups, Canadian Zen
Haiku canadien, Yahoo's fifth largest haiku group; the busy The New
Pleiades Mirror; and Sonnet: Describe
He is the editor of three Canadian e-zines, Canadian Zen Haiku canadien ISSN
1705-4508, Poetry in Emotion = la Poésie à s'émouvoir ISSN 1705-4516 and
SONNETTO Poesia ISSN 1705-4524, all catalogued with the National Library of
Canada and all indexed here, Poesie's
laissez-faire: Poetry Journals
Richard Vallance's poetry is frequently published in The
Neovictorian/Cochlea, Madison, Wisconsin. To date, Richard has published
two poetry books, one in hardcover, one in CD format. The second one,
Canadian Spirit Voices © 2003 ISBN 1-878431-44-7, is the equivalent of over 500
pages, and includes over 125 of his poems, almost 300 of his haiku, a novella,
DENIZEN, 32 of his translations of ancient Greek, Latin, Italian, German and
French poems into English poems, and his 100 pp. essay, The Historical Evolution
of the Sonnet AD 1230 to the present. For more information on Richard's
book, visit: Canadian Spirit
Richard is the editor-in-chief of an all-new international anthology of some
28 poets writing in English, French, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Spanish and
Turkish, The New Pleiades Anthology of Poetry = la Florilège de la nouvelle
Pléiade ISBN 1-878431-52-8, which is scheduled for publication in the summer of
2005 and of The Human Face = Le Visage humain, an anthology of Canadian and
American poetry, which is to be published in 2006.
Richard's international poetry portal is Poesie's laissez-faire Faire
Foire, a registered Canadian domain.