David Groulx was raised in the Northern Ontario mining community of Elliot Lake. He is proud of his Aboriginal roots – his mother is Ojibwe Indian and his father French Canadian.
After receiving his BA from Lakehead University where he won the Munro Poetry Prize. David studied creative writing at the En’owkin Centre in Penticton, B.C. where he won the Simon J Lucas Jr. Memorial Award for poetry. He has also studied at The University of Victoria Creative Writing Program. He has published six poetry books – Night in the Exude (Tyro Publications: Sault Ste Marie, 1997); and The Long Dance (Kegedonce Press,2000). Under God’s Pale Bones (Kegedonce Press, 2010), A Difficult Beauty (Wolsak & Wynn:Hamilton2011), Rising A Distant Dawn (BookLand Press:Toronto) is due out in the Spring of 2012 as well as Our Life Is Ceremony (Lummox Press: California).
David is a member of the League of Canadian Poets, as well as a member of The Ontario Poetry Society.David recently won the 3rd annual PoetryNOW Battle of the Bards.
David’s poetry has appeared in a 117 publications in England, Australia, Germany, Austria, Turkey, New Zealand and the USA. He lives in a log home near Ottawa, Canada.
This Is My Canada Shelia
In my Canada it’s cold enough for the cops to freeze
Neil Stonechild to death
In my Canada there are still two thousand
shell casings Gustafsen Lake
In my Canada
Poundmaker was broken and harrowed his flesh to
feed the earth
In my Canada we broke Big Bear too
and followed him all the way to his granddaughter’s