J. D. Carpenter

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J. D. Carpenter
Born 1948
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Poet, Novelist
Nationality Canadian
Genre Poetry, Fiction

J. D. "David" Carpenter is a poet and novelist who lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.[1]

Carpenter was born in 1948 and grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[2] He attended York University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1971, and Queen's University, where he received a Bachelor of Education degree in 1972.[2] He first worked as a journalist for Daily Racing Form and as a freelance writer.[2] He then taught high school English for 25 years.[2]

Carpenter began his writing career as a poet, publishing four books of poetry between 1976 and 1994: Nightfall, Ferryland Head (Missing Link Press, 1976); Swimming at Twelve Mile (Penumbra Press, 1979); Lakeview (Black Moss Press, 1990); and Compassionate Travel (Black Moss Press, 1994).[1][2][3] He then turned to crime fiction during the 1990s and has published four novels: The Devil in Me (McClelland & Stewart, 2001); Bright's Kill (Dundurn Press, 2005); 74 Miles Away (Dundurn Press, 2007); and Twelve Trees (Dundurn Press, 2008). He is currently working on a new novel, The County Murders, and planning additional works.[2][3] His first novel appeared on the Globe & Mail’s bestseller list and was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award; his subsequent novels have also received critical acclaim,.[1][4][4]

He is also locally known for writing and performing jazz poetry in a musical fusion.[3][5]


  1. ^ a b c Carpenter, J. D., Crime Writers of Canada, accessed 6 Sep 2013
  2. ^ a b c d e f CanLit Poets: J.D. Carpenter, Canadian Literature, 21 Apr. 2010, http://canlit.ca/canlitpoets/poets/jd_carpenter, accessed 6 Sep 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Megan Philipp: The Journey of a Writer: An Interview with J.D. Carpenter about PEC, Campbell Young and the Craft of Writing, Open Book: Ontario, http://www.openbookontario.com/news/journey_writer_interview_jd_carpenter_about_pec_campbell_young_and_craft_writing, submitted on April 18, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Dundurn Press: J.D. Carpenter, http://www.dundurn.com/authors/jd_carpenter, accessed 6 Sep 2013.
  5. ^ Prince Edward County News: Crime Writers of Canada announce ‘whodunit’ best this year, http://countylive.ca/blog/?p=13149&cpage=1 May 01, 2011.