Welcome to the website of Mark Abley, a writer and editor living in Montreal. Mark is a poet, a non-fiction writer, a recovering journalist and an award-winning author; he has won both a Rhodes Scholarship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He has now completed work on a memoir of his father and a new book about idioms, cliches and figures of speech. Both books will be published within the next six months.

The first to appear will be Watch Your Tongue: What Our Everyday Sayings and Idioms Literally Figuratively Mean. It will be published by Simon & Schuster in October 2018. And then early in 2019, University of Regina Press will publish The Organist: Discovering My Father in Music and Melancholy. More information about both books can be found elsewhere on this site.

Prior to 2018, Mark’s most recent book of non-fiction was Conversations With a Dead Man: The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott. For more details, please go to the Books page on this site, or: http://www.douglas-mcintyre.com/book/conversations-with-a-dead-man

Mark’s earlier non-fiction books include the highly acclaimed and widely translated Spoken Here: Travels Among Threatened Languages (2003) and The Prodigal Tongue: Dispatches From the Future of English (2008).

Mark’s latest book of poems is The Tongues of Earth: New and Selected Poems. This is his fourth collection of poetry, his largest, and his first in a decade. For details, go to the Books page, or visit: http://www.coteaubooks.com/index.php?id=911

Mark Abley writes:

“Thank you for visiting this site. You’ll find a lot of information here about my work, and a little about my life. Writing is a solitary profession, but one of its pleasures is the contact it creates among people of many ages and in many countries. If you’d like to get in touch with me, please visit the Contact page.”