Born in 1941 in Chatham, NB, Raymond Fraser received his Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University in 1964, where he played both hockey and football. Fraser was always active in literary circles, first working as an editor for St. Thomas University’s Tom-Tom magazine and helping found the Intercourse: Contemporary Creative Writing magazine in 1966. Fraser was also one of the founding members of the Flat Earth Society, a group which encouraged the development of critical thinking, alongside fellow poets Alden Nowlan and Leo Ferrari. Fraser maintained a close friendship with Alden Nowlan until Nowlan’s death in 1983, and their voluminous correspondence has been preserved in the Harriet Irving Library at the University of New Brunswick. Fraser has been recognized as a prominent contributor to the literary community in Fredericton, and served as the Fredericton High School writer-in-residence from 1996 to 1998. A prolific writer, Fraser has written poetry collections including For the Miramichi (1966), I've Laughed and Sung Through the Whole Night Long and Seen the Summer Sunrise in the Morning (1969), and Before You’re A Stranger (2000). Fraser has also written several novels and works of non-fiction. His memoir When the Earth Was Flat won the Lion’s Head Best Book of the Year Award in 2007. In 2009, Fraser was awarded the Lieutenant-Governor’s Award for High Achievement in the Arts following the publication of his novel In Another Life. Fraser was also awarded the Order of New Brunswick in 2012, and received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from St. Thomas University in 2016.
Raymond Fraser passed away in October 2018.
For More Information:
Raymond Fraser’s Personal Website: http://raymondfraser.blogspot.ca/
Atlantic Canadian Poetry Archive: http://www.stu-acpa.com/raymond-fraser.html
New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia: http://w3.stu.ca/stu/sites/nble/f/fraser_raymond_jospeh.html
Poems for the Miramichi. Montreal: Poverty Press, 1965.
Waiting for God's Angel. Montreal: Poverty Press, 1967.
I've Laughed and Sung Through the Whole Night Long and Seen the Summer Sunrise in the Morning. Montreal: Delta Canada, 1969.
The More I Live. Montreal: Wandering Albatross Press, 1971.
MacBride Poems. Fredericton: Wild East, 1991.
Before You're a Stranger: New & Selected Poems. Toronto: Lion's Head Press, 2000.
The Black Horse Tavern. Toronto: Lion’s Head Press, 1972.
The Struggle Outside. Scarborough: McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1975.
The Bannonbridge Musicians. St. John’s: Breakwater Books, 1978.
Rum River. Toronto: Lion’s Head Press, 1997.
Costa Blanca. Windsor: Black Moss Press, 2001.
In a Cloud of Dust and Smoke. Windsor: Black Moss Press, 2003.
The Grumpy Man. Toronto: Lion’s Head Press, 2008
In Another Life. Toronto: Lion’s Head Press, 2009.
The Trials of Brother Bell. Toronto: Lion’s Head Press, 2010.
The Madness of Youth. Toronto: Lion’s Head Press, 2011.
Repentance Vale. Toronto: Lion’s Head Press, 2011.
Bliss and Other Stories. Fredericton: Broken Jaw Press, 2013
Seasons of Discontent. Toronto: Lion’s Head Press, 2015.
The Fighting Fisherman: The Life of Yvon Durelle. Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 1981.
Todd Matchett: Confessions of a Young Criminal. Fredericton: New Ireland Press, 1994.
When The Earth Was Flat. Windsor: Black Moss Press, 2007.
Photo courtesy of Mr. Fraser.