George Swede (Canada)

George Swede was born in Riga, Latvia, in 1940, and moved to Vancouver, British Columbia in 1947. He graduated with a psychology degree from the University of British Columbia in 1964, and an MSc from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After moving to Toronto, Ontario in 1967, he joined the psychology department at Ryerson University, becoming department chair from 1998 to 2003. George published several books and a number of articles on creativity and the psychology of art. in 1977 he cofounded Haiku Canada with Eric Amann and Betty Drevniok. His awards and honors are legion, and include three Museum of Haiku Literature Awards, first prize in the 1990 Mainichi Daily News Haiku in English Contest, and grants from the Japan Foundation and Japan Air Lines. George has also distinguished himself with experimental poetry, tanka, and longer free-verse poetry. In 2008, he became the first Canadian editor of Frogpond, The Journal of the Haiku Society of America .

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