Allan Cooper began writing poetry at an early age while attending Moncton High School. His first book of poems, Blood Lines, was published by Fiddlehead Poetry Books in 1979. Over the last 40 years, he has published 16 collections of poems and one book of translations. His most recent collection is Toward the Country of Light: New and Selected Poems, published by Pottersfield Press in 2018. His poems and translations have appeared in over 40 publications in Canada and the United States. His awards include the Alfred G. Bailey Award for poetry, which he won twice, and the Peter Gzowski Award. In 2018 his collection of poems Everything We've Loved Comes Back to Find Us (published by Gaspereau Press) was shortlisted for the J.M. Abraham Poetry Award (Atlantic Book Awards) and won The Fiddlehead Poetry Book Prize (New Brunswick Book Awards). Allan has served as writer-in-residence at Mount Allison University, and was the first president of the Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick. He also founded Owl’s Head Press, a publishing house specializing in poetry, and intermittently publishes the poetry magazine Germination. A special issue of the magazine in honour of the eminent American poet Robert Bly appeared in 2012. His press also published a book of poems by Bly in 1990. Known as both a poet and a musician, he performed for a number of years with the blues trio Isaac, Blewett and Cooper, the Rosedale music ensemble, and continues to make occasional appearances as a solo performer. Several of Allan’s poems have been set to music by Canadian composers, including Richard Gibson, Nancy Telfer and Dennis Farrell. He divides his time between his family homestead in Alma, New Brunswick and Riverview.