Steven Heighton

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Steven Heighton
Born Toronto, Ontario
Died August 14, 1961
Occupation novelist, short story writer, poet, non-fiction
Nationality Canadian
Period 1980s-present

Steven Heighton (born August 14, 1961)[1] is a Canadian novelist, short story writer and poet. He is the author of ten books, including two short story collections, three novels and five poetry collections.[2] His most recent novel, Every Lost Country, was published in 2010.

Life and work[edit]

Heighton was born in Toronto, Ontario, and earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees at Queen's University.[1]

Heighton's most recent books are the novel Every Lost Country (May 2010) and the poetry collection Patient Frame (April 2010). Heighton is also the author of the novel Afterlands (2006),which appeared in six countries.[2] The book has recently been optioned for film. Heighton's debut novel, The Shadow Boxer (2001), a story about a young poet-boxer and his struggles growing up, also appeared in five countries.

His work has been translated into ten languages and widely anthologised.[2] His books have been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Award, the Journey Prize, a Pushcart Prize, and Britain’s W.H. Smith Award (best book of the year).[2] He has received the Gerald Lampert Award, gold medals for fiction and for poetry in the National Magazine Awards, the Air Canada Award, and the 2002 Petra Kenney Prize. Flight Paths of the Emperor has been listed at as one of the ten best Canadian short story collections.[2]

Heighton has been the writer-in-residence at McArthur College, Queen's University, the University of Ottawa, and the Royal Military College of Canada. He has also participated in several workshops including the Summer Literary Seminars, poetry workshop, in Saint Petersburg, Russia (2007), and the Writing with Style short fiction workshop, in Banff, Alberta (2007).

Heighton currently lives in Kingston, Ontario with his family.



  • Shadow Boxer (2000) Knopf Canada
  • Afterlands (2005) Knopf Canada
  • Every Lost Country (2010) Knopf Canada

Short stories[edit]

  • Flight Paths of the Emperor (1992) The Porcupine’s Quill
  • On earth as it is (1995) The Porcupine’s Quill
  • The Dead Are More Visible (2012) Knopf Canada



  • The Admen Move on Lhasa: Writing & Culture in a Virtual World (1997) House of Anansi Press

Anthologies and magazines[edit]

  • Best Canadian Stories (Oberon, 1989, ’92, ’95, ’04, ’07)
  • The New Story Writers (John Metcalf, ed., Quarry Press, 1991)
  • Best English Short Stories (David Hughes & Giles Gordon, eds., Heinemann, U.K., 1992)
  • The Minerva Book of Short Stories 5 (Hughes & Gordon, eds., Minerva, U.K., 1993)
  • Best of Best English Short Stories 1986-1995 (Hughes & Gordon, eds., Minerva, 1996)
  • The Journey Prize Anthology 4 (M&S, 1992)
  • The Literature of Work (University of Phoenix Press, 1993)
  • The Second Gates of Paradise (Alberto Manguel, ed., MW&R, 1995)
  • Canadian Short Fiction, second edition (W.H. New, ed., Prentice Hall, 1996)
  • Writing Home (Constance Rooke, ed., M&S, 1997)
  • Turn of the Story (Joan Thomas & Heidi Harms, eds., Anansi, 1999)
  • Lost Classics (Ondaatje, Redhill, Spalding, and Spalding, eds. Knopf, 2000)
  • The Reader (Carolyn Meyer & Bruce Meyer, eds., Prentice Hall, 2001)
  • The Notebooks (Michelle Berry & Natalee Caple, eds. Doubleday, 2002)
  • Viewpoints 12 (Prentice Hall, 2002)
  • The New Canon (ed. Carmine Starnino, Vehicule, 2005)
  • Literature (ed. Laurie G. Kirszner, Stephen R. Mandell, and Candace Fertile: Thomson/Nelson 2007)
  • The Exile Book of Canadian Sports Stories (ed. Priscila Uppal, Exile Editions, 2009)

Prizes and honours[edit]

  • 1990 Gerald Lampert Award for best first poetry collection (for Stalin’s Carnival)
  • 1992 Finalist, The Journey Prize
  • 1992 National Magazine Awards gold medal for fiction
  • 1993 Finalist, Trillium Award (for Flight Paths of the Emperor)
  • 1995 Finalist, Governor General’s Award for Poetry (for The Ecstasy of Skeptics)
  • 1997 Finalist, Rogers Communication Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize (for Small Change)
  • 2004 National Magazine Awards gold medal for poetry
  • 2008 National Magazine Awards gold medal for fiction
  • 2010 National Magazine Awards gold medal for fiction
  • 2010 K.M. Hunter Award for literature


  1. ^ a b Steven Heighton at The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ a b c d e Steven Heighton, Canadian Poetry Online.

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