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David Helwig

David Helwig

Essays on His Works

By Ingrid Ruthig

To date, Canadian poet, novelist, and essayist David Helwig has published close to fifty books and edited numerous others. He has written for television and radio, worked at the CBC, taught at Queen's University, been Poet Laureate of Prince Edward Island, and named to the Order of Canada. Yet, he remains little known. This volume is the first to gather new essays, an interview, and earlier material -- by George Fetherling, Douglas Glover, D.G. Jones, Simon Lloyd, Tom Marshall, rob mclennan, Shane Neilson, Ingrid Ruthig, Mark Sampson, and Lorraine M. York-- in order to introduce and explore Helwig's body of work, while documenting the broad range of his literary talents and accomplishments.


Guernica Editions (Essential Writers Series)


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About the author

Ingrid Ruthig is the author of This Being (Fitzhenry & Whiteside), which won the League of Canadian Poets’ 2017 Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, and of Slipstream (ARKITEXWERKS, 2011), as well as the editor of The Essential Anne Wilkinson (Porcupine’s Quill, 2014) and Richard Outram: Essays on His Works (Guernica Editions, 2011). Her work has also appeared in The Best Canadian Poetry, The Malahat Review, The Fiddlehead, and CNQ, among others. A 2018 Hawthornden Fellow, she lives near Toronto. Visit for more.