David W. McFadden began writing poetry, publishing in famous literary magazines, and corresponding with Jack Kerouac while still in high school in Hamilton, Ontario. He worked as a night proofreader at the Hamilton Spectator through the sixties, at the same period starting (and later, after four or five issues, stopping) his own literary magazine, Mountain. During this period he wrote and published several volumes of poetry and a novel, The Great Canadian Sonnet (Coach House Press, 1975, illustrated and designed by Greg Curnoe). A new edition of The Great Canadian Sonnet came out in 2001, both in book form and in electronic form. The electronic form can be seen at www.chbooks.com, one of the world’s truly great literary websites.
McFadden has also served at various times on the editorial board of Coach House Press, and as a contributing editor for SwiftCurrent, Canadian Art Magazine, Quill and Quire (regular monthly columnist for two years) and Hamilton This Month (regular monthly columnist for three years). He also taught at David Thompson University Centre for three years and was a member of the Brick production team for six years.
McFadden is currently living a quiet, reclusive life in Toronto (above the Eglinton subway station) and, as Schubert used to say about himself, he writes all day and when he finishes one piece he starts another.