Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Poet, novelist, and social activist, David Weedmark, has
lived and worked throughout Canada, including Toronto,
Montreal, Vancouver and Nova Scotia. He was born and
raised in Southwestern Ontario.
Early in his career, David acted on the advice of his
professors at the University of Toronto and the urgings of
his peers by foregoing an academic path in order to
explore the world and to "live a life worth writing about".
In the process he embraced many different occupations
and lifestyles. He has worked as a cab driver, journalist,
factory worker, truck driver, salesman, career counsellor,
network technician, marketing consultant, and college
instructor, just to name a few.
His early work received encouraging words from scholars
and authors alike, including Timothy Findley, Alistair
MacLeod, Peter Robinson, and Timothy Leary. Poet and
scholar John Ditsky said of his work, "reminscent of both
Thoreau and Whitman, but distinctly Canadian in its
content" and, as an editor of the University of Windsor
Review, was the first to publish David's poetry in 1994.
David's work appeared sporadically and under different
pseudonyms in newspapers, literary journals, magazines
and chapbooks for the next ten years.
His first book, First Stirrings, was released in 2004 by
World in Motion Productions, as their first publishing
venture. It presented readers with a series of poems that
were grounded in realism, but mystical and romantic in
their approach to each subject.
This was followed six months later with his first published
novel, Tanglewood, which takes a literary approach to the
murder-mystery genre. Behind a twisitng, fast-paced plot,
the author illustrates the erosion of human dignity under
the heels of western neo-liberalism, as each character's
self-illusions and nostalgia are destroyed when they
collide with one another.
His third book, Postcards from Paris, was published in
April 2005, presenting an intimate portrait of the author's
unique perspective of the world and the human heart, in a
blend of poetry, prose, and sketches by the author, that
are sensual, romantic and at times erotic.
David currently writes full time and subsidizes his efforts
as a communications consultant in Ottawa. He lives either
in the Byward Market, or at a cabin in the Gatineau Hills of
Quebec, depending on the season.
Published writer: Yes