Glenn Clever was born and raised in southern Alberta, served in the Canadian Army from 1939-1966, and then as a professor in the Department of English at the University of Ottawa until 1983. He also served as the Chair of the Department of English for one term.
In the early 1970s, he supervised the master’s thesis of one of our leading literary figures, Carol Shields.
Professor Clever and retired English professor Frank Tierney were responsible for developing the Canadian Literature program at the University of Ottawa and for fostering the annual symposium in Canadian literary studies, the longest ongoing conference series of its kind in Canada. They also founded two literary publishing houses together, Borealis Press and Tecumseh Press.
During his lifetime Prof. Clever published five volumes of his own poems.
His poetry touches on romantic themes, youth killed in battle, the uncertainty of life, and the essentials of human existence. In his last volume of poems, Alberta Days,he offers a poetic vision of the birth and development of a southern Alberta prairie town from pioneer to modern times.
During his tenure as Professor at the Department of English, he established The David Clever Memorial Fund and The Glenn Clever Scholarship Fund in order to provide financial assistance to students in the Department of English and to promote graduate studies in Canadian Literature.
Testimonial presented by Professor Seymour Mayne on September 25, 2010