• The Rose and the Puritan. Fredericton, NB, the University of New Brunswick, 1958. (poetry)
  • A Darkness in the Earth. Fureka, CA, Hearse Press, 1959. (poetry)
  • Wind in a Rocky Country. Toronto: Emblem Books, 1961. (poetry)
  • Under the Ice. Toronto, Ryerson Press, 1961. (poetry)
  • The Things Which Are. Toronto: Contact Press, 1962. (poetry)
  • Bread, Wine and Salt. Toronto: Clarke Irwin, 1967. (poetry)
  • Miracle at Indian River. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1963. (short stories)
  • Five New Brunswick Poets: Elizabeth Brewster, Fred Cogswell, Robert Gibbs, Alden Nowlan, Kay Smith. Fredericton, NB, Fiddlehead, 1962.
  • Poems for Voices: Al Purdy, Margaret Atwood, John Newlove, Phyllis Gotlids, Fan Marshall, Alden Nowlan, Toronto, CBC, 1970.
  • Selected Poems, Toronto, Ontario, House of Ananse Press Ltd., 1996 (poetry)
  • White Madness, Ottawa, Ontario, Oheron Press, 1996 (Newspaper columns)
  • Road Dancers, Ottawa, Ontario, Oheron Press, 1999 (newspaper columns)
  • Between Tears and Laughter, Great Britain, Bloodaxe Books Ltd., 2004 (poetry)
  • Alden Nowlan and Illness, Victoria, BC, Frog Hollow Press, 2004, (poetry)
  • The Mysterious Naked Man, Toronto, Clarke, Irwin, 1969. (poetry)
  • A Black Plastic Button and a Yellow Yoyo, Toronto, Charles Pachter, 1969. (poetry)
  • Playing the Jesus Game, Trumansburg, NY, New/Books, 1970. (poetry)
  • Between Tears and Laughter, Toronto, Clarke, Irwin, 1971. (poetry)
  • Various Persons Named Kevin O'Brien. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1973. (novel)
  • I'm a Stranger Here Myself. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1974. (poetry)
  • Shaped by This Land. Fredericton, NB, Brunswick Press, 1974 (with artist Tom Forrestall). (poetry)
  • Campobello, The Outer Island. Toronto, Clarke, Irwin, 1975. (history)
  • Frankenstein. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1976, (with Walter Learning), (edited and abridged version of the Mary Shelly novel)
  • Smoked Glass. Toronto: Clarke, Irwin, 1977. (poetry)
  • Double Exposure, Fredericton, NB, Brunswick Press, 1978. (essays)
  • The Incredible Murder of Cardinal Tosca. Fredericton, NB, Learning Productions Ltd., 1978. (play)
  • I Might Not Tell Everybody This. Toronto, Clarke, Irwin, 1982 (poetry)
  • The Gardens of the Wind. Saskatoon, SK: Thistledown Press, 1982. (poetry)


  • Early Poems. Fredericton, Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1983. (poetry)
  • Micmac Legends. Hantsport, NS: Lancelot Press, 1983. (stories)
  • Will Ye Let the Mummers In? Toronto: Irwin Publishing Inc., 1984. (stories)
  • An Exchange of Gifts. Toronto: Irwin Publishing Inc., 1985. (poetry)
  • The Wanton Troopers, Fredericton, NB: Goose Lane Editions Ltd., 1988. (novel)
  • What Happened When He Went to the Store for Bread. St. Paul, MN: Nineties Press, 1993. (poetry)
  • The Best of Alden Nowlan, Hartsport, NS: Lancelot Press, 1993. (poetry)
  • Articles published in all major Canadian magazines, including Maclean's. Saturday Night, Financial Post, Weekend Magazine, Atlantic Advocate, Atlantic Insight, Regular columnist for The Atlantic Advocate, Fredericton, NB, and The Telegraph-Journal. Saint John, NB.


  • Frankenstein, The Man Who Became God (at Theatre New Brunswick, Centaur Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse and others - with Walter Learning - stage play), premiere in 1974.
  • The Dollar Woman (with Walter Learning - stage play at Theatre New Brunswick and CBC Radio drama), premiere in 1977.
  • The Incredible Murder of Cardinal Tosca (stage play, later adapted for CBC Radio - at Theatre New Brunswick, the St. Lawrence Centre, and elsewhere - with Walter Learning). 1978.
  • Full Circle (with Walter Learning - CBC Television), 1978.
  • The Runaways (with Walter Learning - CBC Television), 1979.
  • Treasures on Earth and Jack of Hearts (with Walter Learning - CBC Television), 1980.
  • La Svengali (with Walter Learning - CBC Radio), January 1983.
  • He has given public readings of his poetry in every province of Canada, and in the United States. His poems have been recorded on an LP, Alden Nowlan's Maritimes, issued by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
  • His poems have been translated into French, Spanish, Russian, Roumanian, and Flemish, and have been published in France, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Roumania, Israel, India, Argentina, Belgium and Mexico, as well as in the United States.
  • Two of the plays written in collaboration with Walter Learning are available in acting editions from Dramatic Publishing Corporation, Woodstock, IL: The Incredible Murder of Cardinal Tosca and Frankenstein, The Man Who Became God.


  • Who's Who in America, 39th and 40th Editions.
  • The Canadian Who's Who.
  • International Who's Who of Authors and Writers.
  • International Dictionary of Biography.
  • Internation Who's Who in Poetry.
  • Contemporary Poets, 1975-1980.
  • Poet's Progress, The Development of Alden Nowlan's Poetry, by Michael Brian Oliver, Fredericton, Fiddlehead Books, 1978.
  • Alden Nowlan and His Works, Michael Oliver, ECW Press, Toronto: ECW Press, 1991.


Photograph Courtesy of Kent Nason
© 2002