Tynes was born and lived all her life in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. One of 12 children raised by Joe and Ada Tynes, she was a 7th-generation Nova Scotian, with a family heritage dating back to the time of the Black Loyalists.
She taught in Halifax high schools for more than 30 years. A high school teacher of English, she occasionally wrote poetry (such as her 1991 collection, Save the World for Me) for adolescents. She has also written for CBC Radio.
In 1974 Tynes won Dalhousie University's Dennis Memorial Prize. Her 1987 poetry collection, Borrowed Beauty, received the 1988 Milton Acorn People's Poetry Award.
Tynes was the first African Canadian to sit on the Board of Governors at Dalhousie University. In 1992 she received an Honorary Doctorate of Human Letters from Mount Saint Vincent University. In 1992 she was awarded a Canada 125 medal in recognition of her contribution to Canada, compatriots and community.
She is commemorated by the Maxine Tynes Room at the Alderney Gate Library in Dartmouth.
- Borrowed Beauty. Porters Lake, NS: Pottersfield Press, 1987.
- Woman Talking Woman. Porters Lake, NS: Pottersfield Press, 1990.
- Save the World for Me. Porters Lake, NS: Pottersfield Press, 1991.
- The Door of My Heart. Porters Lake, NS: Pottersfield Press, 1993.
- Beetles and Blue Jeans (children's poetry). Scarborough, ON: Nelson, 1993.
Audio / video Edit
- Borrowed Beauty. Porters Lake, NS: Pottersfield Soundtracks, [199-?] (audiocassette; poetry by Maxine Tynes and Lesley Choyce).
- ↑ Allison Lawlor, "Nova Scotian poet Maxine Tynes celebrated her life as a black woman", Globe & Mail, Oct. 9, 2011, Web, July 4, 2011.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Maxine Tynes 1949- , Canadian Women Poets, Brock University, BrockU.ca, Web, July 4, 2012.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Ryan McNutt, "In memoriam: Maxine Tynes," Dal News, Sep. 14, 2011, Dalhousie University, Web, July 4, 2012.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 "Acclaimed poet, teacher Maxine Tynes dies in Halifax at age 62," Global News, Sep. 14, 2011, Global Maritimes, Shaw Inc., Web, July 4, 2012.
- ↑ Davene Jeffrey, "Poet, teacher Maxine Tynes dies at 62," Herald News, Sep. 14, 2011, Halifax Chronicle Herald, Web, July 4, 2012.
- ↑ "In Memoriam. Maxine Tynes 1949-2011," The Reader, Sep. 15, 2011, Halifax Public Libraries, Blogspot, Web, July 4, 2012.
- ↑ Search results=Lesley Choyce, WorldCat, Web, July 4-5, 2012.
- Maxine Tynes at Amazon.ca
- Maxine Tynes at Canadian Women Poets
- In memoriam: Maxine Tynes at Dalhousie University
- "Nova Scotian poet Maxine Tynes celebrated her life as a black woman, Globe & Mail
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