David Manicom

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David Manicom
BornDavid Alton Manicom
(1960-07-19)July 19, 1960
Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada
OccupationCivil Servant, Diplomat Poet, Novelist
NationalityCanada Canadian
Alma materUniversity of Toronto
McGill University
Notable awardsQuebec Writer’s Federation’s non-fiction prize
SpouseTeresa Marquis

David Alton Manicom (born July 19, 1960) is a Canadian diplomat, civil servant, poet, and novelist.


Manicom was born in Ingersoll, Ontario[1] and lived there until he attended the University of Toronto and McGill University in Montreal.[2] He has also lived in Aylmer, Quebec, Moscow, Islamabad, Beijing, Geneva, and New Delhi.

He has contributed to numerous publications, including Rubicon, AWOL, Words Apart and Quarry. Manicom's The Burning Eaves (2003) was a finalist for the 2004 Governor General's Awards for English Language Poetry,[3] while "Progeny of Ghosts" (1998) won the Quebec Writer's Federation prize for non-fiction[4] and was short-listed for the National Writer’s Trust Viacom award for non-fiction.[5]

He currently serves as the Associate Assistant Deputy Minister of the Department of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.


  • Sense of Season (Victoria, B.C.: Porcepic, 1988)
  • Theology of Swallows (Lantzville, B.C.: Oolichan, 1991)
  • The Older Graces (Lantzville, B.C.: Oolichan, 1997)
  • Ice in Dark Water (Lantzville, B.C.: Oolichan, 1997)
  • Progeny of Ghosts: Travels in Russia and the Old Empire (Lantzville, B.C.: Oolichan, 1998)
  • The Burning Eaves (Lantzville, B.C.: Oolichan, 2003)
  • The School at Chartres (Lantzville, B.C.: Oolichan, 2005)
  • Anna's Shadow (Montreal: Vehicule, 2008)
  • Desert Rose, Butterfly Storm (Lantzville, B.C.: Oolichan, 2009)


  1. ^ "Here In Ingersoll" (PDF). Oxford Media Group. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 21, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  2. ^ Taylor & Francis (2004). International Who's Who in Poetry 2005. Taylor & Francis. p. 1022.
  3. ^ "Governor General's Literary Awards Poetry". Canadian Books & Authors. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  4. ^ "THE QWF LITERARY AWARDS". Quebec Writer’s Federation. Archived from the original on October 31, 2014. Retrieved March 20, 2014.
  5. ^ "DAVID MANICOM". QWF Literary Database. Retrieved March 20, 2014.