Raymond Fraser

More than thirteen works of fiction, six collections of poetry, two biographies, and a memoir place Raymond Fraser among the most prolific writers in New Brunswick. Born in Chatham, NB on 8 May 1941, Fraser graduated from St. Thomas University with a BA before moving to Montreal in 1964. Once in Montreal he began writing full time and immersed himself in the city’s vibrant literary scene, publishing his first book of poetry, Poems for the Miramichi, in 1965 and his first book of fiction, The Black Horse Tavern, in 1972. A founding member of both the Montreal Story Tellers group and the Flat Earth Society, he travelled extensively in his youth while remaining rooted in New Brunswick. Indeed, his poetry and fiction are often set in and around the Miramichi. While his dry wit and subtle humour provide levity to his work, his stories and poems often focus on the grittier aspects of Maritime life. Irreverent and often disturbing, his fiction has been hailed for its masterful nuances, Maritime voice, and dark humour. Displaying some of the earliest tendencies toward social realism in Canada, Fraser frequently takes poverty, alcoholism, crime, and social inequality as the subjects of his work, capturing his characters’ desperation and resilience with clarity, directness, and compassion. If readers cannot be brought to love his characters, he surely does.

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The linked Author Page contains the short story "They Come Here to Die" and the poems "Seventeen Years Old," "Tragic Youth," "Flagging Spirit," "Holy Day," "Nun," "To Go Back Home to Chatham," "Salvation," "Human Beings," and "The Depressive."