An accomplished poet, novelist, essayist, translator and filmmaker, Antonio D’Alfonso, BA 75, is a jack of all trades.
The founder of Guernica Editions — the bilingual Montreal-based publishing house established in 1978 — has published hundreds of books in several different languages and made five feature films. Yet D’Alfonso still finds the time to watch several movies a day, play guitar and host dinner parties; all in the lulls from his other passion; elevating aspiring writers.
“I never promise them fame or money, but I can help them get their name out there,” he says about his role, which includes teaching writers about the writing formula he developed called the W paradigm.
“It includes nine scenes and four major quarrels that connect those scenes.”
An outlet for expression
Although inspired by words and music from a young age — counting The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Léo Ferré among his earliest influences — D’Alfonso decided to pursue science at Loyola College, one of Concordia’s founding institutions. It was a decision he soon regretted.
“The moment I cut into a worm, I fainted,” D’Alfonso recalls with a laugh, “and that was it. No way was I going to make it.”