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Nanoose Bay, BC
David Fraser is a poet, spoken-word performer, publisher and
editor. He lives in Nanoose Bay, on Vancouver Island. He is the founder and editor of Ascent Aspirations Magazine. His poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Rocksalt, An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry (Mother Tongue Press), Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press), Walk Myself Home (Caitlin Press) and recently in 2015 Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts Eighteen. He has published five collections of poetry; Going to the Well, 2004, Running Down the Wind, 2007, No Way Easy, 2010, Caught in My Throat,
2011 and, Paper Boats, 2012. In addition David has co-authored with
Naomi Beth Wakan, On Poetry, an inspirational book on poetics and poetry and has completed a response poem collection, Maybe We Could Dance, (2014) with poet, Pat Smekal. His most recent collection of poetry, After All the Scissor Work is Done, was published by Leaf Press in the May 2016. He is the artistic director of Nanaimo's spoken-word series, WordStorm
www.wordstorm.ca. He participated in Random Acts of Poetry, a national poetry program that
brought poetry to the streets of Canada. David is a member of the League of Canadian Poets and has performed his poetry in British Columbia, Ontario, U.S.A. and


Books and other publications
Selected Publications
Sharing the Dark:
Encounters With the Abyss, Passion Among the Cacti Press, (2005) ISBN: 0-9737351-4-7
Quills Canadian Poetry
Magazine, edited by William Byron Sheardown, (2006) ISBN: ISSN:
Going Down Goose Lane
Toward Broken Jaw: Fredericton Poems and Stories (Introduction), Harmonia
Press, (2006) ISBN: 0-9688885-9-3
How Light Needs to Bend, Leaf Press, (2008) ISBN:
Rocksalt: An Anthology of
Contemporary BC Poetry, Mother Tongue Publishing Limited, (2008) ISBN:
More Living edited by
Bonnie MacQueen, (2008) ISSN 1916-6311
All Rights Reserved, All Rights
Reserved Literacy Journal Association, (2008) ISSN 1712-333X
Tears, The Same Music, Leaf Press,
edited by Patrick lane (2009) ISBN: 978-1-926655-07-9
Walk Myself Home - an
anthology to end violence against women, edited by Andrea
Routley, Caitlin Press, (2010) ISBN: 978-1-8947595-1-9
One Sweet Ride, Ascent
Aspirations Publishing, (2009) ISBN: 978-0-9736568-3-1
Stones, Ascent
Aspirations Publishing, (2012) ISBN: 978-0-9878357-0-3
I Am he Angel of Old Grey
Horses, edited by Patrick Lane, Leaf Press, (2012) ISBN:
In the Darkness. In the
Dream, edited by Patrick Lane, Leaf Press, (2012) ISBN: 978-1-926655-45-1
Island Writer, Vol. 8, Issue
2, Winter 2010; Vol. 9, Issue 2, Winter 2011; and Vol. 10, Issue 1, Spring 2012,
Winter 2013/2014
WordWorks , Comemorative
Edition, Publication of the Federation of BC Writers Fall, 2014
Cirque Magazine, Summer 2013
Poems from
Planet Earth, Leaf Press, 2013
Text Lit Magazine, Fall, 2014
What Can't Be Contained, edited by Patrick
Lane, Leaf Press, 2014
Wrestling With Gods: Tesseracts
edited by Liana Kerzner, and Jerome Stueart, Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy
Publishing, 2015
Canadian Ginger, Caitlin Press 2017
Subterranean Blue 2016, 2017

Books in Print
Going to the Well, Ascent
Aspirations Publishing, 2004, ISBN: 978-09736568-0-8,
Running Down the Wind, Ascent
Aspirations Publishing, 2007, ISBN: 978-0-9736568-2-4
No Way Easy, Ascent
Aspirations Publishing, 2010 ISBN: 978-0-9736568-4-8, $16.95
Caught in My Throat, Ascent
Aspirations Publishing, 2011, ISBN: 978-0-9736568-7-9
On Poetry, Ascent
Aspirations Publishing, 2012, co-authored with Naomi Beth Wakan, ISBN:
Paper Boats, Ascent Aspirations Publishing, 2012, ISBN:
Maybe We Could Dance, co-authored
with Pat Smekal, Ascent Aspirations Publishing, 2014, ISBN: 978-0-9878357-6-5
After All the
Scissor Work is Done, Leaf Press, May 2016
Awards and other achievements
After All the Scissor Work is Done, Leaf Press, May 2016 Shortlisted for the 2017 Canadian ReLitt Awards
Honorary Ambassador for the Federation of BC Writers 2017 Award
Poetic forms and styles
  • Print poetry
  • Spoken word


Contact poet directly
David Fraser, 1560 Arbutus Drive, Nanoose Bay, BC V9P
E-mail: ascentaspirations@shaw.ca
Website: http://www.davidpfraser.ca


Twitter http://twitter.com/Ascent2009
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=552001160&ref=profile?
WordStorm http://www.wordstorm.ca
Poetry Festival http://www.cascadiapoetryfestival.org
League-funded opportunities
  • Canada Poetry Tours (national)
  • National Poetry Month (national, April only)
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