Dennis Cooley, John Lent, and Birk Sproxton in Winnipeg, 2004. Photo by Thistle2012. Licensed under Creative Commons, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Birk Sproxton (August 12, 1943 - March 14, 2007) was a Canadian poet and novelist.

Life[edit | edit source]

Sproxton was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba.

He studied in Winnipeg, earning B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Manitoba.

He then moved to Red Deer, Alberta, where he taught creative writing at Red Deer College for 31 years.[1]

Sproxton was also an editor, having completed The Winnipeg Connection: Writing lives at mid-century in the year before his death.

He died of myocardial infarction.

Recognition[edit | edit source]

In 2005, his book Phantom Lake, North of 54, won both the Margaret McWilliams Local History Award and the Grant MacEwan Alberta Author Award.[1]

In 2007 Sproxton delivered the 25th Annual Majorie Ward Lecture at St. John?s College, University of Manitoba.[1] .

Publications[edit | edit source]

Poetry[edit | edit source]

  • Headframe. Winnipeg, MB: Turnstone Press, 1985. ISBN 0-88801-099-0
  • Headframe: 2. Winnipeg, MB: Turnstone Press, 2006. ISBN 0-88801-317-5

Novel[edit | edit source]

  • The Hockey Fan Came Riding. Red Deer, AB: Red Deer Press, 1990. ISBN 0-88995-056-3
  • The Red-Headed Woman with the Black Black Heart. Winnipeg, MB: Turnstone Press, 1997. ISBN 0-88801-216-0

Non-fiction[edit | edit source]

Edited[edit | edit source]

  • Bertram Brooker, Sounds Assembling: The poetry of Bertram Brooker. Winnipeg, MB: Turnstrone Press, 1980.
  • Trace: Prairie writers on writing. Winnipeg, NB: Turnstone Press, 1986.
  • Great Stories from the Prairies. Calgary, AB: Red Deer Press, 2000. ISBN 0-88995-223-X
  • The Winnipeg Connection: Writing lives at mid-century. Winnipeg, MB: Prairie Fire Press, 2006. ISBN 0-9731608-1-0


Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy Abe Books.[2]

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Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Memorable Manitobans: Birk Ernest Sproxton (1943-2007), Manitoba Historical Society, Web, June 11, 2012.
  2. Search results = Birk Sproxton, Abe Books. Web, May 19, 2013.

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