About Milton AcornWidely acknowledged to be Prince Edward Island's greatest poet, Milton Acorn was born in Charlottetown in 1923 and died there in 1986. He was a significant contributor to the Canadian literary scene of the 1950s, 60s and 70s, friends with such literary notables as Al Purdy, Eli Mandel, Leonard Cohen, Irving Layton and Patrick Lane. The original People's Poet, Acorn received a medal and cash prize from his peers at Toronto's Grossman's Tavern in 1970 when his selected poems, I've Tasted My Blood, failed to win the Governor General's Award. He went on to receive Canada's highest literary honour for The Island Means Minago, published in 1975. Acorn was the author of ten books of poetry, and, with Cedric Smith, he co-authored the play, The Road to Charlottetown. Although he lived in various Canadian cities during his lifetime, Acorn's finely tuned homing instincts always brought him back to The Island.
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