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Marco Fraticelli

Marco Fraticelli

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Poet, educator, and musician, Marco Fraticelli has contributed as an executive member of Haiku Canada (1988-2014), and as an editor and publisher of the literary magazine The Alchemist (1974-1987) and the Hexagram Series (1991-2012). His poetry has won awards in Canada, the United States, and Japan.

Through his career as a teacher in both elementary and high schools, he introduced countless students to haiku as part of English literature classes. In 2021, he was invited to judge 2 contests: the Betty Drevniok Award Contest (Haiku Canada), and the Haiku Juniors (17 years or younger) category of the New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition.

He has given many readings and workshops, including:  a presentation at the British Haiku Society (BHS) Spring Gathering:  Haibun: The Gateway to Haiku (June 2021), and a reading and workshop entitled An Evening with Marco Fraticelli  at the Historic Joy Kogawa House in Vancouver (October 2019).

His most recent collections include haibun – a form that combines story with haiku. Drifting (catkin press, 2013, currently in its third printing) matches excerpts from found diaries of Celesta Taylor (1860 – 1937) with haiku by Marco. His book includes a postscript about the 30-year journey from finding the diaries to publication. His second haibun collection, A Thousand Years (catkin press, 2018) combines imagined letters written by Marco with actual haiku by the 18th century woman haiku master, Chiyo-ni. A Thousand Years received 2 distinguished awards: First Prize in the inaugural Marianne Bluger Book Award (Haiku Canada, 2020) & Touchstone Distinguished Books Honorable Mention (The Haiku Foundation, 2018).

He has just completed his first children’s novel, and is currently working on a memoir (of sorts) inspired by Beatles lyrics.

Pointe Claire
haiku; haibun (story + haiku)
I write professionally in the following language(s):


A Thousand Years: The Haiku and Love Letters of Chiyo-ni. 2018, catkin press (Carleton Place, ON)
Drifting. 2013 (third printing), catkin press (Carleton Place, ON)
Voyeur (Selected and New Poems; 1972-1991) . 1992, Guernica Editions
Night Coach (with illustrations by Marlene L’Abbé). 1983, Guernica Editions
Instants. Volume One in Essential Poets Series. 1979, Guernica Editions
Déjà vu: Haiku for the Computer Screen. Digital art book on Apple II computer. 1978, Archived in Library and Archives Canada


First Place - in the inaugural Marianne Bluger Book Award (coordinated by Haiku Canada) for A Thousand Years, 2020
HM - Touchstone Distinguished Books (coordinated by The Haiku Foundation) for A Thousand Years, 2018
Winner (Canada category), Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival Haiku Invitational Contest for individual haiku, 2015 & 2013
Prizewinner - Fifth Annual International Haiku Contest, Ehime, Japan for individual haiku, 1990
Eligible for National Public Readings Program: