First, download our List of Atlantic Canadian Poets file below and pick a poet from the "Poets to be written on" list.
Second, study your poet's work as closely as you can, and read everything you can find by them.
Third, find a poem by your chosen poet that reaches you, sparks intellectual curiosity, or makes you think, "Huh, that's weird."
Find a poem you think you can talk about at length, because fourth is to write a critical analysis of that poem.
Perhaps plan a trip to your university's library so you can find sources to back up your claims; this will help you to take on the fifth part, writing the bibliography. The bibliography should contain a list of primary sources -- which includes everything written by your chosen poet -- and secondary sources -- which includes all of the criticism written about your poet. Writing the bibliography can be tricky, but make sure that you include a Works Cited page with MLA citations for any sources that went into your analysis.
Now that you're an expert on your poet, you can write the sixth part, your poet's biography. This isn't a novel-length biography, just a paragraph explaining who your poet is and what their accomplishments are.
If you think you need some guidance on how any of these sections should look, please explore the entries already on the Archive. And don't worry if some mistakes fall through the cracks, because that's why we have our editors. If your analysis is good, and your writing is clean, we will not overlook you. But do write as neatly and precisely as you can, it helps the editors a lot.
Please read the documents below and contact us with any further questions. As well, please note that the List of Atlantic Canadian Poets also contains names of poets already on the archive and those whose entries are being worked on. Currently, we are only accepting entries for poets who aren't on the archive in order to extend our library of resources.