Al Pittman's writing had been featured in many publications and had been the subject of radio, television and film documentaries. He had given public readings of his work in Canada, the United States and Europe. He had been the recipient of several literary awards. Al Pittman had been inducted into the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Hall of Honor before his death.
The late acclaimed poet and author, Al Pittman, died on August 26, 2001 at the age of sixty-one, after a lengthy illness. He was one of Newfoundland's best contemporary writers. Al built an international reputation over the last 40 years creating award-winning poetry, plays and scripts for radio and television. Some of these include the Borestone Mountain Poetry Award, The Canada Council Arts Award, the Lydia Campbell Award, the Stephen Leacock Centenial Award, The Writer's Alliance Book Award for Poetry and has been inducted into the Arts Council's Hall of Honour. Up until his death he was a Writer in Residence at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in Corner Brook, Newfoundland.