Birk Sproxton

Birk Sproxton

Birk Sproxton (1943 - 2007) was a Canadian poet and novelist who lived in Red Deer, Alberta. He was born and raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba, a town named for a fictional character, where he grew up listening to tall tales of the north. He studied in Winnipeg before moving west to Alberta where he taught creative writing at Red Deer College for over three decades.

In 1999, Birk's book The Red Headed Woman with the Black Black Heart received an honorable mention from the Manitoba Historical Society for historical fiction. Upon his passing in 2007, the Dr. Birk Sproxton Memorial Award for Excellence in Western Canadian Literature was established at Red Deer College.

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Headframe: 2

In Headframe: 2, Birk Sproxton amalgamates stories about history, geography, and family into the mythology of Flin Flon, a mining town on the edge of the Precambrian Shield. 

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Sproxton unearths the underground with diaries, puns, poetry and plays in this romping exploration of the world of mining. All the folklore of new poetic territory surfaces in the telling.

ISBN 9780888010995
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A collection of essays, interviews, rants, manifestos, notes and poems. Thirty-one prairie contributors, including David Arnason, Dennis Cooley, Dorothy Livesay, Robert Kroetsch, Patrick Friesen, and Margaret Laurence.

ISBN 9780888011022
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Red Headed Woman With The Black Black Heart

This novel tells the story of a red-headed heroine who arrives in a ­northern Manitoba mining town during the 1934 labour dispute and changes the town forever.

“. . . filled with energy and exuberance.” —Border Crossings

ISBN 9780888012166
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