Jon Paul Fiorentino

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Jon Paul Fiorentino, winter 2008

Jon Paul Fiorentino is a Canadian poet, novelist, short story writer, editor, and professor.

Fiorentino was born and raised in the Transcona area of Winnipeg, Manitoba. In his book of poems Resume Drowning, Fiorentino shared that since he resided in Transcona, Winnipeg, and Montreal, he considers all three of them home.[1]

Fiorentino became a writer in Winnipeg. In 1999, Fiorentino left Winnipeg to move to Montreal pursue a life in writing.[2]

Fiorentino teaches at Concordia University, is editor-in-chief of Matrix magazine and founded Snare Books (publishing), a Canadian publishing company.


Fiorentino received his undergraduate degree in English Literature at the University of Winnipeg in 1998. He then moved to Montreal for further studies at Concordia University where he received his Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing (with Honours and Distinction) in 2000. He received his Master of Arts in English Literature and Creative Writing in 2003 at Concordia University.[3]


Books of poems[edit]

Fiorentino has written several books of poems. His first book was Transcona Fragments, which is a collection of poems published by Winnipeg's Cyclops Press/Signature Editions in 2002. In the same year Fredericton's Broken Jaw Press also published his second book, Resume Drowning, which like the first one, is also a collection of poems. Another book of poems entitled Hello Serotonin was published in 2004 by Toronto's Coach House Books. In 2006, Coach House Books published The Theory of the Loser Class (books of poems). Fiorentino wrote two more books or collections of poems, both published by Coach House Books, namely Indexical Elegies in 2010, and Needs Improvement, in 2013.[4] He released his seventh collection of poetry, Leaving Mile End, in May 2017.


Fiorentino wrote "Asthmatica", a short fiction, which was published by Toronto's Insomniac Press in 2005. Fiorentino also wrote Stripmalling, a novel, published by Toronto's ECW Press in 2009.[5]

Short stories[edit]

In an interview with The Toronto Quarterly on November 18, 2013, Fiorentino explained that he has a book of short stories, entitled I'm Not Scared of You or Anything, which was set to be published on June 2014 by Anvil Press. Fiorentino also explained that this book has illustrations by Maryanna Hardy.[6]

Literary contributions[edit]

"Post-prairie poet" is a termed coined by Fiorentino who, with Robert Kroetsch, edited the collection Post-Prairie: An Anthology of New Poetry (2005). On Faustus Salvador’s interview with Fiorentino about his book The Theory of the Loser Class, Salvador asks Fiorentino about the genesis of his book titles. Fiorentino explains, "I always come up with the titles first. It seems to me that more people pay attention to the title than to the actual writing. That may sound cynical, but titles are key to me. I collect the writing with the title and the mandate it suggests in mind." [7]


Fiorentino published a number of articles on Huffington Post, National Post, and The Barnstormer. In June 19, 2012, he wrote and published the article “Waiting for Morris Lukowich” in The Barnstormer. Fiorentino has also written a couple of articles for the National Post. In June 19, 2013, Fiorentino wrote “The Rhetoric and Reality of Suicide”, and in December 4, 2013, he wrote “The Case for Fixed Book Pricing in Canada”.

Fiorentino contributed a number of articles in the Huffington Post. He wrote “You Don't Have to be Adam Lanza's Mother to Make a Statement” on December 18 of 2012. His article “Will More Male Athletes Come Out in 2013?” was published on December 26, 2012. On February 18, 2013, he wrote the article “A Film Festival First For Montreal”. He wrote “Why Morrissey Still Matters” on March 7, 2013. Fiorentino also wrote “Sexism and Silence in the Literary Community” in May 1, 2013. ON July 17, 2013, he wrote the article “The Case for the Head Case: If You Were the Class Daydreamer, You're Probably a Writer”.[8]

Teaching Career & association with Concordia University Creative Writing[edit]

Fiorentino teaches at Concordia University in Montreal. From 2010 to 2012, he was an Assistant Professor (Limited Term Appointment) of Poetry, Prose, and Screenwriting within the English Department for Creative Writing from 2010 to 2012.[9] As of January 2018, Fiorentino is as a part-time faculty member in the Concordia University faculty directory [10] but does not appear on the Department of English's faculty member page.[11]

Stripmalling, transition from novel to screenplay[edit]

Stripmalling is Fiorentino’s first novel, which was published in 2009. It is a semi-autobiographical and metafictional novel about an aspiring graphic novelist (named Jonny) who works at a gasoline station and his journey in writing his novel titled Stripmalling.[12] The story is set in Transcona, Winnipeg. Jon Paul Fiorentino wrote the script with Katrina Best. The screenplay will be produced by Farpoint Films.[13] Chris Charney of Farpoint films will be the executive producer of the Stripmalling. Farpoint Films is a local, Winnipeg-based company. Katrina Best (Fiorentino’s co-writer) is a Canadian-British screenwriter.[14]


  • Transcona Fragments (Cyclops Press/Signature Editions, 2002)
  • Resume Drowning (Broken Jaw Press, 2002)
  • Hello Serotonin (Coach House Books, 2004)
  • Post-Prairie: An Anthology of New Poetry (Talonbooks, 2005) (edited with Robert Kroetsch)
  • Asthmatica (Insomniac Press, 2005)
  • The Theory of the Loser Class (Coach House Books, 2006)
  • Blues and Bliss: The Poetry of George Elliott Clarke (WLU Press, 2008)
  • Stripmalling: a novel (ECW Press, 2009)
  • Indexical Elegies (Coach House Books, 2010)


  1. ^ Fiorentino, Jon P. Resume Drowning. Fredericton, N.B: Broken Jaw Press, 2002. Print.
  2. ^ Fiorentino, Jon Paul. “Jon Paul Fiorentino: A Winnipeg tour.” (2013). Web. 8 April 2014.
  3. ^ Fiorentino, Jon Paul. “CV.” Web. 13 March 2014.
  4. ^ Fiorentino, Jon Paul. “CV.” Web. 13 March 2014.
  5. ^ Fiorentino, Jon Paul. “CV.” Web. 13 March 2014.
  6. ^ “Jon Paul Fiorentino - Needs Improvement (an interview).” (2013). Web. 8 April 2014
  7. ^ Salvador, Faustus. “Of murderers and malls: Jon Paul Fiorentino's poetry speaks up for the loser in all of us.” (2006). Web. 18 March 2014.
  8. ^ Fiorentino, Jon Paul. “Articles and Op-Eds.” Web. 13 March 2014.
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  12. ^ Good, Alex. “Review of Stripmalling by Jon Paul Fiorentino.” (2009). Web. 18 March 2014.
  13. ^ “Farpoint Films Options Screenplay to Stripmalling.” (2014). Web. 20 March 2014.
  14. ^ Falloon, Dan. “Transcona coming to the silver screen: Fiorentino’s Stripmalling optioned by Farpoint Films.” (2014). Web. 18 March 2014.

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