PARK, Olga




Author Tags: Religion

Olga Park (1891-1985) was born in Gargrave, England (Yorkshire) but resided in B.C. from 1910 until her death in 1985. From 1964 until 1978 she lived as a solitary in a small rented, one-room cottage on Ioco Road in Port Moody, British Columbia. The poet Susan McCaslin knew her intimately from 1969 until her death in 1985, visiting her regularly during her Port Moody years and onward until her death. After Park had lived in Port Moody, she lived in various residences in east Vancouver.

Her self-published books have been archived by the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. She left many small, handmade booklets that remain undated. She also left McCaslin a filing cabinet of her unpublished records and writings. Susan McCaslin and her husband created a website on Olga at www.olgapark.ca

http://umanitoba.ca/libraries/archives/collections/complete_holdings/ead/html/Olga-Park_2011.shtml

BOOKS

Between Time and Eternity. New York: Vantage Press, 1960.

Man, the Temple of God. Self-published chapbook, 1968.

Chapbooks and handmade booklets:

The Book of Admonition and Poetry. Self-published, stapled, 1969.

An Open Door. Self-published, stapled, 1974.

Psychic Awareness: Experienced by Olga Park. Self-published, date unknown, circa 1974.

[BCBW 2014]

[Photo of Susan McCaslin with Olga Park, circa 1980 courtesy of Mark Haddock]