Alberta Poetry Year Book 1930
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Canadian Authors Association
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London Town


London Town

The golden streets of London town,
Their magic calls to me;
Yet what know I of London town--
Between us rides the sea.
The stretches of the prairie sod
Are all my memory knows,
The cool, clean wonder of her moons
Upon her silver snows;
But still the name of London town
Has ever held for me
A strange, unnamed attraction, born
Of charm and mystery.
The olden streets of London town
Are paved with Hist’ry’s gold--
Oh, I must go to London town
Soon, soon--before I’m old,
While yet my heart can understand
Romance of other days,
While yet my feet aweary not
In treading unknown ways.
Gay capitals of other lands
May lure with revelry,
But, Oh, it’s grey old London town
That holds a call for me.
Winnifred Reeves


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Huckleberry Hammond-Todd

Huckleberry will complete a BA in Enlish Literature at the University of British Columbia at the end of 2021.

Winnifred Eaton

  • Born: August 21, 1875
  • Died: April 08, 1954
See the Biographical Timeline for biographical information on Winnifred Eaton.

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Mary Chapman

Mary Chapman is the Director of The Winnifred Eaton Archive, a Professor of English, and Academic Director of the Public Humanities Hub at University of British Columbia. She is the author of the award-winning monograph Making Noise, Making News: Suffrage Print Culture and US Modernism (Oxford UP) and of numerous articles about American literature and women writers. She has also edited Becoming Sui Sin Far: Early Fiction, Journalism and Travel Writing by Edith Maude Eaton (McGill-Queen’s UP) and published essays on the Eaton sisters in American Quarterly, MELUS, Legacy, Canadian Literature, and American Periodicals. Her current research project is a microhistory of the Eaton family. For more information, see

Joey Takeda

Joey Takeda is the Technical Director of The Winnifred Eaton Archive and a Developer at Simon Fraser University’s Digital Humanities Innovation Lab (DHIL). He is a graduate of the M.A. program in English at the University of British Columbia where he specialized in Indigenous and diasporic literature, science and technology studies, and the digital humanities.