Mcgimpsey, David 1962-

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McGIMPSEY, David 1962-

PERSONAL: Born January 28, 1962, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; son of John A. (a welder) and Mary McGimpsey; married Carol Dennison (a sales representative), 1994. Ethnicity: "Scots-Irish." Education: Concordia University, B.A., 1988, M.A. 1990; Dalhousie University, Ph.D., 1997. Religion: Protestant. Hobbies and other interests: Music, travel, sport.

ADDRESSES: Home—215-1575 Summerhill Ave., Montreal, Quebec H3H 1CS, Canada. Agent—c/o Author Mail, ECW Press, 2120 Queen St. E, Suite 200, Toronto, Ontario M4E 1E2, Canada. E-mail—[email protected]

CAREER: Poet, fiction writer, journalist, and popular culture critic.

MEMBER: Association of Canadian University Teachers of English, Modern Language Association of America, Sports Literature Association, Quebec Writers' Federation, Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia.

AWARDS, HONORS: Clare Fooshee Memorial Award, 1993; Lyle Olsen Graduate Award for Sport Literature.


Lardcake (poetry), ECW Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1996.

Dogboy (poetry), ECW Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 1998.

Imagining Baseball: America's Pastime and Popular Culture, Indiana University Press (Bloomington, IN), 2000.

Hamburger Valley, California (poetry), ECW Press (Toronto, Ontario, Canada), 2001.

Television critic for a newspaper.

SIDELIGHTS: David McGimpsey once told CA:"I never planned it, but since my first published poems 'the batmann sonnets,' I have been turning a lifelong interest in American popular culture towards poetry. I like to believe I have come by this interest honestly, rather than with a preconceived notion of how my work will 'challenge' existing prejudices. Like many children of the seventies, I grew up watching television and now, as a poet, I am putting this 'education' into the context of real North American life. My work is not a simple celebration or critique of popular forms. Rather, I hope that by looking into both the well-known and the trivial to come to a fuller account of the joys and terrors in my own heart. The poets who most influenced me were the confessional poets (Plath in particular) and I continue to be attracted by poetry of strong personal voice.

"Whatever the general allusivity of my poetry, I still write poems that have nothing to do with TV or popular culture. However, because of the parodic matrix of most of my material, I find my tone moves quickly from the somber towards humor. If there is one thing that I am most pleased about in the reception of my work, it would be that so many have shared my sense of humor and have laughed at my poetry. I have worked as a television critic for a newspaper, but it is in poetry, where I feel that my experience with TV is most thoroughly expressed—perhaps this is due to poetry's place as the least commercially viable form of entertainment."



Books in Canada, March, 2003, Robert Moore, review of Hamburger Valley, California.*

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