People / Frank Davey

Writer, editor, publisher, critic, educator. Frank Davey was born in Vancouver in 1940. With Fred Wah, Davey founded SwiftCurrent (1984-1990), the world’s first online literary magazine. An important figure in the postmodern literary scene in Canada, Davey’s work is characterized by the use of humorous irony to explore contemporary culture. Davey attended the University of British Columbia where he was a founding editor of TISH magazine (1961-1963), along with George Bowering, Fred Wah, Daphne Marlatt, and others. He received a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Southern California. Since 1963, he has been the editor of Open Letter, the Canadian journal of writing and theory. Davey has published more than fifteen volumes of poetry, as well as monographs on Margaret Atwood and Earle Birney. He has taught at York University and was the Carl F. Klinck Professor of Canadian Literature at the University of Western Ontario. In 2005, a conference was held in honour of Davey’s achievements and influence and to mark his retirement from academia. The proceedings of the conference, Poetics and Public Culture in Canada, appeared in Open Letter.