Remembering David McFadden, poet, former Writer-in-Residence

Moe Doiron // The Globe and MailDavid McFadden, Canadian poet, winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize, fiction writer and travel writer who served as Western’s Writer-in-Residence in 1983, died earlier this month from complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease. He is pictured here in 2013.

David McFadden, Canadian poet and winner of the Griffin Poetry Prize, a fiction writer and travel writer who served as Western’s Writer-in-Residence in 1983, died earlier this month from complications associated with Alzheimer’s disease. His work, often praised for its wit and humour, reflected Canadiana, contemporary urban life and an interest in the mistakes of the imagination. McFadden, influenced by Frank O’Hara, John Ashbery, the New York School of the 1950s and Beat writers of the 1960s, including Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti, is remembered by Diane Peters in a recent piece in The Globe and Mail.