Apart from his own writing, Mark has extensive experience in editing and teaching.
Many writers still recall the years when he edited the book-review pages of the Montreal Gazette. He has edited special Canadian issues of Verse (an American poetry journal) and Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas. In 2004 Canadian Geographic asked him to edit much of the copy in their 75th anniversary issue, “Canada: Global Citizen.”
Mark is also the editor of several books, including Stories From the Ice Storm (1999) and When Earth Leaps Up (posthumous poems by Anne Szumigalski, 2006). He also edited a volume of Anne Szumigalski’s selected poems for Signature Editions, under the title A Peeled Wand. It was launched in April 2011. More recently he edited a bilingual collection of writings about Pointe Claire, The City We Share / La Ville que nous partageons, published by Shoreline. In addition to all his freelance work, Mark currently works part-time as an acquisition editor for McGill-Queen’s University Press.
He has been a frequent and happy visitor to the Banff Centre for the Arts. He has taught non-fiction courses for the Writing With Style program at Banff, and has participated in its Cultural Journalism program as a writer, editor and guest lecturer. Mark has also taught non-fiction classes for the Maritime Writers’ Workshop in Fredericton and the Quebec Writers’ Federation in Montreal.
Mark has also been a guest lecturer on many Canadian campuses, as well as at Oxford, Cambridge and Ohio State Universities. Closer to home, he has conducted workshops and classes in a variety of Quebec’s schools and colleges. For the Quebec Writers’ Federation he has given workshops in children’s writing, and he has taught poetry for Concordia University’s Creative Writing program.
He has spoken to audiences as diverse as those attending the International Symposium on the World’s Indigenous Languages (Nagoya, Japan), the People’s Poetry Gathering (New York), the Edinburgh Writers Festival (Scotland), ideaCity (Toronto) and the Saskatchewan Festival of Words (Moose Jaw). In June 2010 he was a keynote speaker at a conference on dictionaries and contemporary language held at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. In 2011 he lectured at the University of Lethbridge — a rare return visit to a town that was his childhood home. More recently he addressed the annual meeting of the Canadian Unitarian Council.
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