Many writers still recall the years in the 1990s when he edited the book-review pages of the Montreal Gazette. He has also 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.”
He is the editor of several books, including the best-selling Stories From the Ice Storm (1999). As the literary executor of the prairie poet Anne Szumigalski, he edited a book of her posthumous poems, When Earth Leaps Up (2006); a volume of her selected poems, A Peeled Wand (2010); and a book of her uncollected writings, A Woman Clothed in Words (2012). After serving as writer-in-residence for the city of Pointe Claire, Mark edited a bilingual collection of writings by local residents, The City We Share / La Ville que nous partageons.
In addition to all his freelance work, he spent nine years working as an acquisition editor for McGill-Queen’s University Press.
Mark 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 taken part in its Cultural Journalism program as a writer, editor and guest lecturer. Mark also taught a non-fiction class for the Maritime Writers’ Workshop in Fredericton.
He has 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 many schools and colleges across Quebec. For the Quebec Writers’ Federation he has given workshops in non-fiction and children’s writing, and he has taught poetry-writing at Concordia University. In 2016 he spent a week as writer-in-residence at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.
Mark 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. He has addressed the annual meetings of groups as diverse as the Canadian Unitarian Council and the Association of American University Presses.
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