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.

His latest book is Watch Your Tongue: What Our Everyday Sayings and Idioms Literally Figuratively Mean. It was published by Simon & Schuster Canada in October 2018 and quickly became an Amazon bestseller.

Early in 2019, University of Regina Press will publish The Organist: Fugues, Fatherhood, and a Fragile Mind. More information about both books can be found elsewhere on this site.

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). In 2013 a book of his on a very different set of topics was published: Conversations With a Dead Man: The Legacy of Duncan Campbell Scott.

His latest book of poems is The Tongues of Earth: New and Selected Poems (2015). This is his fourth collection of poetry, his largest, and his first in a decade.

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. I would be happy to hear from you.”