RCLAS 3rd Annual Fred Cogswell Award For Excellence In Poetry
George Fetherling has been a wide-ranging and prolific figure in Canadian literature since the mid-1960s. The Montreal Gazette has called him “a mercurial, liberal intelligence […] the kind of which English Canada has too short a supply.” Xtra described him as “something of a national literary treasure.” He is a poet, novelist, and writer of history and literary travel narratives. He has published 50 books. Some of the more familiar ones are Travels by Night: A Memoir, The Sylvia Hotel Poems, The Book of Assassins, Three Pagodas Pass, and the novel
Walt Whitman’s Secret. He lives in Vancouver.
He has worked at House of Anansi and at CBC Radio Arts and has been the weekly book critic of the Toronto Star, the Kingston Whig-Standard, the Saint John Telegraph-Journal, the Ottawa Citizen and the Vancouver Sun. He has been the writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto, Queen’s University and the University of New Brunswick. He was awarded the Harbourfront Festival Prize for “a substantial contribution to Canadian letters.” Later, Saint Mary’s University granted him a DLitt honoris causa for “an instrumental role in the development” of Canadian writing. His books have been published in half a dozen countries. He has given readings in venues as far apart as Moscow and Beijing, and is a frequent guest at literary festivals.