Eric Adriaans is a Canadian writer and poet. He was born in the General Hospital of Belleville, Ontario in 1969 and has since lived-in or explored most regions of his home province. If a major Ontario highway goes there Adriaans probably has, too. He currently resides with his family in a historic (c. 1910) red brick home located in St. Thomas, Ontario.
Poetry and Poetics
Adriaans studied psychology and poetics at Carleton University (1988-1995) where he achieved a combined Bachelor’s Degree (English Literature and Psychology). His focus at the time was British poetry of the 18th and 19th centuries.
In the early 1990s, his primary poetic interests were sonnet and haiku forms. His early poetic influences included William Wordsworth, William Blake, Kobyashi Issa, George Herbert, John Donne, S.T. Coleridge and Al Purdy.
Writing allows me to work out my thoughts and try on new ways to communicate. In my poetry, I’ve explored what I think may be new rhyme structures while retaining a deep respect and appreciation for highly formalized structures like sonnets or haiku. I suppose it is the challenge of expressing an idea or creating an image within a pre-determined structure that appeals to me. So often people think they want to do something that is “outside the box” when they may not even know what they can do inside the box.
He began writing poetry in the early 1990’s and self-published a slim collection of poems entitled Leviathan in 2002. Later, the Leviathan collection grew in scope and content; a second edition was released in the spring of 2017 as Leviathan: The Biographia Isocratica of Adrian Kun. A second collection of poetry, titled Decima, is planned for release in 2018. Selected poems are available on the Poetry Showcase page.
Currently, Adriaans is focused on new media forms and contemporary Canadian poetry in English.
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Legislative Drafting and Policy Writing
Stemming from Adriaans’ professional career in the charitable sector is an interest in written policy and governance documents. Adriaans spent several years writing policy and procedure documents at the Canadian Red Cross Society (2008-2014).
Eric Adriaans is enrolled in Athabasca University’s post-Baccalaureate diploma program in Legislative Drafting. He expects to complete the program in the winter of 2018/19.
Logistics and Supply Chain Management
In 2005 Adriaans obtained Ontario commercial drivers’ licence (DZ). In 2010, he obtained the Certified Automotive Fleet Manager designation from NAFA. He also obtained credentials as a trainer for transportation of dangerous goods and the safe securing and transportation of wheelchairs and mobility devices. He has also studied Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Fanshawe College, in London,Ontario.
Charitable Sector Career
Adriaans spent 25 years working in the charitable sector as a community organizer, fundraiser, communicator, manager and director at the local, provincial and national level of many of Canada’s best recognized and respected charitable organizations including: Canadian Diabetes Association, Centre For Inquiry Canada, The Arthritis Society, Canadian Red Cross Society and the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. An adventurous career of helping to renew struggling operations has taken him from Ottawa to Thunder Bay, Sault Ste. Marie and St. Thomas (Ontario).
During his term as the National Executive Director of Centre For Inquiry Canada from 2014 to 2016 Eric served on the External Advisory Committee to Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom. Eric also led CFIC’s campaign to oppose Canada’s blasphemous libel law, the formation of the International Coalition Against Blasphemy Laws as well as CFIC’s work to assist a Bangladeshi writer escape near-certain assassination to find a new home as a refugee in Canada.
- Conatus News and Medium. Part One, Part Two.
- Now Magazine (September 20, 2015)
- National Post (January 7, 2015)
- Vice (January 19, 2015)
- National Post (January 30, 2015)
- Global News (November 4, 2015)
- Globe and Mail (December 20, 2015)
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