Co-chair, contributing editor, and house poet
Hugh Macdonald has been co-chair, contributing editor, and house poet of West Coast Editor since 2006. He first became active with the publication in October 2004.
Hugh is a poet, playwright, and editor. In a June 2010 interview with West Coast Editor, he said about his passion for writing: “It’s been … a lifelong irritation. Something will get stuck in my mind, and I have to expel it before I cease to be annoyed.” His literary influences include Shakespeare, Gerard Manley Hopkins, A.E. Housman, T.S. Eliot, and Robert Frost. The first book he ever read front-to-back was a child’s dictionary.
A jack of miscellaneous trades, Hugh has worked as a technical writer, a methods analyst, and a writer of puff pieces for a weekly newspaper. He is involved with editing training courses for people involved in the handling and transportation of dangerous goods and hazardous materials. He has also worked as a book editor on two projects (non-fiction).