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John Robert Colombo

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John Robert Colombo

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Full Name: John Robert Colombo
Born: March 24, 1936
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Occupation: Writer, Poet, Editor
Nationality: Canadian


John Robert Colombo, CM is a Canadian author, editor, and poet. He attended the University of Toronto, where he began to organize literary events in the late 1950s. He began writing and publishing poetry in the early 1960s; his imprint Hawkshead Press published Margaret Atwood's first collection of poetry in 1963.

Colombo also facilitated the appearance of first books of fiction written by Hugh Hood and Alice Munro and the first mass-market publication of a science-fiction story by Robert J. Sawyer. He served as literary manager of the old Bohemian Embassy in Toronto and wrote poetry and also pioneered "found poetry" in the country. He then moved into editorial positions with some of Toronto's large publishing houses, including McClelland and Stewart and Hurtig. During that period, he edited George Grant's Lament for a Nation, and served as managing editor of the Tamarack Review, at the time the leading literary quarterly.

In the early 1970s, Colombo began working on the first of many anthologies, a collection of quotations from prominent Canadians entitled Colombo's Canadian Quotations. He went on to publish dozens of collections, ranging from bibliographies of Canadian reference works to collections of folk tales, stories of the paranormal, and UFO sightings. As of 2014, Colombo has published over 200 titles, making him the second-most prolific author in Canadian literary history. His anthology publishing earned him the nickname "the Master Gatherer" amongst Canadian writers and literary critics. He has also been dubbed "Canada's Mr. Mystery" for his compilations of the paranormal.

In the 1990s, Colombo began publishing his writing through his own imprint, Colombo and Company.

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