Writer Mark Frutkin, Photo: Sandra Russell



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Mark Frutkin (1948) has published eight books of fiction, three works of nonfiction and three books of poetry. His work has appeared in Canada, the U.S., England, Russia, Spain, Poland, Holland, India, South Korea and Turkey. He has written on art and books for The Globe and Mail, Amazon.ca, Harper's, the Ottawa Citizen, and others. His poetry and fiction have been published in numerous Canadian and foreign journals.

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Selected Publications

  • Hermit Thrush (poetry), Quattro, 2016
  • A Message for the Emperor. Montreal: Vehicule Press, 2012
  • Colourless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously – Short Essays and Alternative Versions. Toronto: Quattro Books, 2012
  • Walking BackwardsGrand Tours, Minor Visitations, Miraculous Journeys and a Few Good Meals. Toronto: Dundurn Group, 2011
  • Erratic North – A Vietnam Draft Resister’s Life in the Canadian Bush. Toronto: Dundurn Group, 2008.
  • Fabrizio’s Return. Toronto: Knopf Canada, 2006.
    Also published in Russia, Poland, and South Korea
  • Slow Lightning. Vancouver: Raincoast, 2001.
  • Iron Mountain (poetry). Vancouver: Beach Holme, 2001.
  • Atmospheres Apollinaire. Vancouver: Beach Holme: 1998. Erin, Ontario: Porcupine's Quill, 1988.
  • The Lion of Venice. Vancouver: Beach Holme, 1997.
  • In the Time of the Angry Queen. Toronto: Random House of Canada, 1993.
  • Acts of Light (poetry). Dunvegan, Ontario: Cormorant, 1992
  • Invading Tibet. Toronto: Random House of Canada, 1991.
    New York, USA: Soho Press, 1993.
  • The Alchemy of Clouds (poetry). Dunvegan, Ontario: Fiddlehead/Goose Lane Editions, 1985.
    Manchester, England: Carcanet Press, 1986.
  • The Growing Dawn. Montreal: Quadrant Editions, 1984.
    Amsterdam, Holland: Bridges Books, 1987.

    Literary Awards

  • Finalist, Ottawa Book Awards 2016, Hermit Thrush (poetry)
  • Winner, Trillium Book Award for Fabrizio’s Return, 2006
  • Winner, Sunburst Award, for Fabrizio’s Return, 2007
  • Finalist, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book (Canada/Caribbean region), for Fabrizio’s Return, 2006
  • Finalist, Governor General's Literary Award (fiction) and Trillium Book Award, for Atmospheres Apollinaire, 1988.
  • Finalist, Archibald Lampman Poetry Award for Acts of Light, 1993.

    Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member of The Writer’s Union of Canada since 1986
  • Member of PEN Canada since 1991


  • Juror for numerous book prizes and grants for: The Canada Council, Ontario Arts Council, Chapters Books, City of Ottawa and other
  • Teacher of creative writing (part-time) at: University of Ottawa, Carleton University, University of Western Ontario, University of New Brunswick, York University, Naropa Institute (Halifax)
  • Feature articles and art or book reviews for: Amazon.com and Amazon.ca, The Globe and Mail, Harper’s, Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Magazine, Ottawa City Magazine and others
  • Editor: Arc Poetry magazine (1986-90); ArtAction magazine: (1985-90); Ottawa Revue, Assistant Editor (1981)
  • Media assistant and speechwriter for: Member of Parliament from British Columbia (1985); Speechwriter for Minister of Canadian Heritage (2008)
  • Contract writer of marketing communications and speeches for public sector and high tech industry, including Bell Canada, Nortel, Alcatel, Cognos, RCMP and other government departments.


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