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David Solway


David Solway ranks among the most highly regarded contemporary contributors to Montreal’s heritage as a city of poetry.  Born in 1941, his poems first saw publication in 1962, and he has since published twelve poetry collections, many of which find inspiration in the Greek islands where he sometimes lives.  In 2004, his collection Franklin’s Passage was the first English work to ever win Le Grand Prix du livre de Montréal, and 2007’s Reaching The Clear continued that winning streak by winning the Quebec Writers' Federation A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Solway has also penned seven books of non-fiction.  Not one to shy away from controversy, Solway’s literary reviews have garnered him a reputation as a polemicist.  In 2007, he extended his divisive ideas into socio-political thought with the publication of his non-fiction book, The Big Lie: On Terror, Anti-Semitism, and Identity.  He continues to court controversy with 2009’s Hear, O Israel! and the forthcoming polemic, Living in the Valley of Shmoon, itself a companion to the forthcoming collection of essays, The Occupied Mind. (DN)