Stephen Cain

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Stephen Cain (born 1970) is a Canadian poet and academic.

In his three books of poetry Cain demonstrates an interest in various poetic forms including sound poetry and concrete poetry, as well as constraint-based writing and procedural poetics. Avant-garde movements, such as Language Poetry and Oulipo, appear to be influences on his writing and his work is marked by frequent use of alliteration, pun, and disjunction. In content, his poetry often mixes pop culture with literary theory and political concerns.

He has been involved with various editorial activities including being a literary editor at the journal Queen Street Quarterly, and a fiction editor at Insomniac Press.

Cain’s critical work focuses on the small press and experimental poetry and, with Tim Conley, he co-authored an Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages (2006).

He lives in Toronto where he teaches at York University.



  • dyslexicon – 1998
  • Torontology – 2001
  • American Standard/ Canada Dry - 2005
  • I Can Say Interpellation - 2011


  • Double Helix - 2006 (with Jay MillAr)


  • Encyclopedia of Fictional and Fantastic Languages - 2006 (with Tim Conley)

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