David Gordon Helwig, author (born 5 April 1938 in Toronto, Ontario; died 16 October 2018 in Montague, PEI). David Helwig grew up in Toronto and at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont. He attended the University of Toronto, where he earned a BA, and then completed an MA at the University of Liverpool. First publishing as a poet, Helwig moved on to drama and fiction, including a series of novels focusing on characters living in Kingston, where Helwig lived for many years teaching at Queen's University. He was appointed Prince Edward Island's poet laureate in 2008 and was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2009.