Morris Wolfe was a prolific writer and editor, whose essays, articles, reviews and columns appeared in numerous Canadian magazines and newspapers over decades of cultural life. He taught at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) between 1971 and 2001 where he became a mentor to 30 years of students.
Wolfe wrote, edited and co-edited more than a dozen books, including A Saturday Night Scrapbook; three volumes of Aurora: New Canadian Writing (1978-80); Signing On: The Birth of Radio in Canada; and Jolts: The TV Wasteland and the Canadian Oasis. In 1994 he won a Canadian Association of Journalists award for investigative journalism.
In 2003, grubstreet books published Menya: an end of life story, an account of his daughter’s final months in palliative care, supported at home by a team of fifty family members, friends and volunteers.
OCA 1967-1972: Five Turbulent Years, a lively account of what happened when Canada’s leading art school met the spirit of the late 1960s, was also published by grubstreet books. An earlier on-line edition of Essays, New & Selected, was released on the grubstreet books web site.
Morris Wolfe also worked as an editor on oral history projects, including Renia: A Holocaust Memoir, the full text of which is available on-line.
Morris Wolfe died on November 27, 2021. His obituary in The Globe and Mail is here.