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Mark Frutkin

Photo: Sandra Russell 2008

Mark Frutkin (1948, Cleveland, Ohio) has published nine books of fiction, three books of poetry and three works of nonfiction. His work has appeared in Canada, the U.S., England, Holland, India, Spain, Poland, Russia, South Korea and Turkey. He has written widely on art and books for The Globe and Mail, Canadian Forum, Harper's, the Ottawa Citizen, and others. His poetry and fiction have been published in numerous Canadian and foreign journals. He has taught creative writing at Carleton University, and the Universities of Ottawa, New Brunswick and Western Ontario. He lives in Ottawa with his wife, Faith.

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Slow Lightning (fiction). Vancouver: Raincoast, 2001.
Iron Mountain (poetry). Vancouver: Beach Holme, 2001.
The Lion of Venice (fiction). Vancouver: Beach Holme, 1997.
In the Time of the Angry Queen (fiction). Toronto: Random House of Canada, 1993.
Acts of Light (poetry). Dunvegan, ON: Cormorant Books, 1992.
Invading Tibet (fiction). Toronto: Random House of Canada, 1991; New York, NY: Soho Press, 1991
Atmospheres Apollinaire (fiction). Erin, Ontario: Porcupine's Quill and Toronto: Dundurn, 1988 and 2008
The Growing Dawn (fiction). Montreal: Quadrant Editions, 1983
The Alchemy of Clouds (poetry). Fredericton, NB: Fiddlehead/Goose Lane, 1983. Manchester, England: Carcanet, 1984
Fabrizio's Return (fiction). Toronto: Knopf Canada; (translations: Russian, Polish, South Korean, Turkish)., 2006
Errratic North (memoir). Toronto: Dundurn, 2008
Walking Backwards (travel). Toronto: Dundurn, 2011
Colourless Green Ideas Sleep Furiously (essays). Toronto: Quattro Books, 2012
A Message for the Emperor (fiction). Montreal: Vehicule, 2012
Hermit Thrush (poetry). Toronto: Quattro Books, 2015
The Rising Tide (fiction). Erin, ON: The Porcupine's Quill, 2018
Where Angels Come to Earth (prose by MF & photos by Vincenzo Pietropaolo). Montreal, Longbridge Books, 2019


Shortlisted, Governor General's Literary Award and Trillium Award for Atmospheres Apollinaire, 1988.
Shortlisted, Archibald Lampmann Poetry Award for Acts of Light., 1992
Shortlisted, Commonwealth Book Award for Fabrizio's Return, 2007
Winner, Trillium Award for Fabrizio's Return, 2006
Winner, Sunburst Award for Fabrizio's Return, 2007
Shortlisted, Ottawa Book Award for Hermit Thrush, 2016
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