Henry Beissel


Graduation Year

  • HBA 1958 University College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from: Psychology

Alongside the Classroom

  • Interned as a Teaching Fellow at University College
Outside the Classroom

  • Student publications
Further Education

Career Description

  • Professor of medieval and modern English literature at various universities, including Concordia University (Montréal), the University of Munich (Germany), and the University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago)
  • Founded and directed Concordia University’s creative writing program
  • Published poet, playwright, and essayist
  • Founded literary magazine EDGE
  • Active in Canadian writers’ organizations such as The League of Canadian Poets as its president, the Canadian Writers Union, and the Guild of Canadian Playwrights
“Follow your intellectual passions and study the humanities as widely as possible. They form the basis of any other course of studies and will put you ahead of the pack in whatever professional career you pursue. apart from your retirement years, Your undergraduate days are the only time in your life when you can afford to pursue knowledge and understanding for its own sake. In the course of doing so you will discover a passion, if you don’t have one already. Devote yourself to what you love to do and you will eventually succeed. Vocational training is best acquired on the job.”


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