Jean McCallion discusses her work
with Tower Editor, Jeff Seffinga
Jean was born in North Bay, Ontario, and educated in Toronto and Sudbury
schools. She is a graduate of McMaster University, B.A. Honours English 1944;
M.A. English 1972.
In 1944 she married William J. (Bill) McCallion, late professor of
Mathematical Sciences, a former Dean of the School of Adult Education at
McMaster University. They had two sons and two daughters; at this time she
has seven grandchildren.
Jean is a Founding Member of the Tower Poetry Society and has served on its
executive as President, Archivist, and editor of Tower Poetry. She has also
served as chair of the Literary Committee of the Hamilton and Region Arts Council.
Her poems have regularly appeared in TOWER since its inception in 1951.
Many more have appeared in periodicals and anthologies in Canada and
In 1981 Sheila Martindale of South Western Ontario Poetry published her
chapbook, APPLE LOVE. A full-length collection, TOUGH ROOTS, was brought out
in 1987 by Penumbra Press. Her current work-in-progress, from which most of the
poems here were taken, is entitled LOVE LETTERS TO BILL. Apple Valley
and Structuring Not Found in Ordinary Prose are from APPLE LOVE.