John David Michael Pacey was born in Fredericton in 1952 to visual artist Mary Pacey and writer, literary critic, and academic Desmond Pacey. Growing up in such an art rich environment inclined Pacey to writing at an early age. During his grade eleven year at Fredericton High School, Pacey helped found a creative writing club alongside fellow poet and friend Brian Bartlett. Pacey graduated from FHS in 1971, and released his first poetry collection, a chapbook called Anonymous Mesdemoiselles, a year later. He then went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick in 1976. While at UNB Pacey became a member of the Ice House Gang, which included other prominent writers such as David Adams Richards, Brian Bartlett, Robert Gibbs, and Alden Nowlan. After obtaining his Bachelor of Education from UNB, Pacey moved to Vancouver to attend the University of British Columbia, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing in 1985, a Master of Arts in English Literature in 1989, and a PhD in English in 1994. While at UBC, Pacey published a children’s book titled The Birds of Christmas. His second poetry collection, The First Step, was released in 2011, which was followed in 2015 by his third collection Electric Affinities. In addition to his writing, Pacey has taught at both UBC and Lakehead University, and has served as the Editor-in-Chief for the literary publication Prism International. Pacey is currently working on his fourth poetry collection, a series of poems inspired by the diaries of Henry David Thoreau entitled Nature is My Bride.
For More Information:
Writer’s Federation of New Brunswick: https://wfnb.ca/member_profile/michael-pacey/
New Brunswick Literary Encyclopedia: http://w3.stu.ca/stu/sites/nble/p/pacey_john_david_michael.html
Anonymous Mesdemoiselles. New Brunswick Chapbooks 18. Fredericton: The New Brunswick Chapbooks, 1972.
The First Step. Winnipeg: Signature, 2011.
Electric Affinities. Winnipeg: Signature, 2015.
Nature is My Bride. TBA
The Birds of Christmas. Illus. Mary Firth. Stratford: Three Tree Press, 1988.
The painting displayed above was created by Karen Estabrooks, Dr. Pacey's wife.