David W. McFadden, born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1940, began writing poetry in 1956, and began publishing poetry in 1958. What’s The Score? 99 Poems (Mansfield Press) won the 2013 Griffin Prize for Poetry (his second nomination) and Be Calm Honey (Mansfield Press) was shortlisted for the 2009 Governor General’s Award for Poetry (his third such nomination). The Griffin Poetry Prize judges’ citation states, “If there is any such thing as an essential poet, here he is.”  David W. McFadden is the author of thirty-five books of poetry, fiction and travel writing. His most recent book is the travel memoir, Mother Died Last Summer (Mansfield Press, 2013). He lives in Toronto with his wife, the artist Merlin Homer, and his cat Ella.

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