McFadden, David William
David William McFadden, poet, novelist (b at Hamilton, Ont 11 Oct 1940). McFadden joined the Hamilton Spectator
as a proofreader, later becoming a reporter. Following publication of 6 poetry collections, he left the Spectator
in 1976 to begin free-lance editing and writing. He became writer-in-residence at Simon Fraser University in 1979 and instructor in the writing program of David Thompson University Centre in Nelson, BC, 1979-82.
Through irony, self-parody and mock ingenuousness, McFadden's writing illuminates conflicts between the ordinary citizen and an increasingly surreal and commercial society. His most noteworthy books are the mock picaresque novel A Trip Around Lake Erie (1980) and selected poems, My Body was Eaten by Dogs (1981), and his most recent is Gypsy Guitar (1987).