Frutkin, Mark J. 1948-

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FRUTKIN, Mark J. 1948-

PERSONAL: Born January 2, 1948, in Cleveland, OH; naturalized Canadian citizen; son of Reynold (in business) and Anabel (Baigrie) Frutkin; married Janet Anderson, 1977 (divorced); married Faith Seltzer (a cultural administrator), December 14, 1984; children: Elliot. Education: Loyola University, B.A., 1969; attended Naropa Institute, 1976. Religion: Buddhist. Hobbies and other interests: Reading, tennis, hiking, fine wines.

ADDRESSES: Home—Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Agent—c/o Author Mail, Raincoast Book Distribution Ltd., 9050 Shaunessy St., Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada V6P 6E5. E-mail—[email protected] ca.

CAREER: Freelance writer, editor, and consultant, 1981—. Member of board of directors, SAW Gallery, 1982-84, and Ottawa International Writers Festival, 2001-02.

MEMBER: PEN Canada, Writers Union of Canada.

AWARDS, HONORS: Trillium Book Award, Ontario Arts Council, 1989, for Atmospheres Apollinaire.



The Growing Dawn: Documentary Fiction, Flat Iron Book Distribution (Dover, NH), 1983.

Atmospheres Apollinaire, Porcupine's Quill, 1988.

Invading Tibet, Soho Press (New York, NY), 1991.

In the Time of the Angry Queen, Random House (New York, NY), 1993.

The Lion of Venice, Porcepic (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), 1997.

Slow Lightning, Raincoast Books (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), 2001.

Contributor to periodicals, including Canadian Fiction.


The Alchemy of Clouds, Carcanet (Manchester, England), 1985.

Acts of Light, Cormorant Books (Dunvegan, Ontario, Canada), 1991.

Iron Mountain, Porcepic (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), 2001.

Work represented in anthologies, including Six Ottawa Poets, Mosaic Press, 1990. Contributor to periodicals, including Arc Poetry.


Contributor of more than 300 articles, essays, and reviews to periodicals in Canada and elsewhere, including Harper's, Canadian Forum, Ottawa Citizen, Artmagazine, Ottawa Business Life, Prism International, Descant, Fiddlehead, Parallelogramme, and Toronto Globe and Mail. Editor, Arc Poetry, 1988-90.



Booklist, January 15, 1993, Donna Seaman, review of Invading Tibet, p. 877.

Canadian Forum, April, 1989, David Halliday, review of Atmospheres Apollinaire, p. 35.

Canadian Literature, autumn, 1990, Stephen Scobie, review of Atmospheres Apollinaire, p. 139; fall-winter, 1993, K. P. Stich, review of Acts of Light, p. 162.

Dalhousie Review, summer, 2001, Robert M. Martin, review of Iron Mountain, p. 319.

Library Journal, January, 1993, Dean James, review of Invading Tibet p. 164.

New York Times Book Review, February 21, 1993, Eils Lotozo, review of Invading Tibet, p. 20.

Publishers Weekly, November 30, 1992, review of Invading Tibet, p. 35.

Saturday Night, March, 1990, Katherine Ashenburg, "Inside Stories," p. 53.

University of Toronto Quarterly, fall, 1992, T. L. Craig, review of Invading Tibet, p. 22.