He showed us where to look among the garbage and the flower children... The story goes that Dan McLeod and like-minded writers, counter-culturalists and students decided to start a 'peace paper' at a Vancouver party following a poetry reading by Leonard Cohen in February of 1967. The first organizational meeting was held at the home of Rick Kitaeff on March 30, 1967. This subsequently gave rise to a cooperatively managed newspaper called the Georgia Straight, later controlled and owned by McLeod. The history is fuzzy, but certainly the newspaper had literary beginnings. Other poets involved in its creation included bill bissett--whose blewointmentpress printed a handbill advertising an open organizational meeting for April 2, 1967--as well as Pierre Coupey, Gerry Gilbert and Milton Acorn.

Leonard Cohen was born in Montreal in 1934. His poetry, novels and songs are known around the world. His books are Let Us Compare Mythologies (1956), The Spice-Box of Earth (1961), The Favourite Game (1963), Flowers for Hitler (1964), Beautiful Losers (1966), Parasites of Heaven (1966), Selected Poems 1956-1968 (1968), The Energy of Slaves (1972) and Death of a Lady's Man (1978) and Book of Mercy (1984), His records are Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967), Songs from a Room (1969), Songs of Love and Hate (1971), Live Songs (1972), New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1973), The Best of Leonard Cohen (1975), Death of a Lady's Man (1977), Recent Songs (1979) and Various Positions (1984). Leonard Cohen lives in Montreal.

He was interviewed in Vancouver in 1979, 1984 and 1985.

[BCBW 2004] "Famous Visitor" "Interview"