John Steffler

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John Steffler (born 13 November 1947)[1] is a Canadian poet and novelist. He was the Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada from 2006 to 2008.[2]


John Steffler was born in Toronto in 1947, and grew up in a rural area near Thornhill, Ontario. He obtained a B.A. (Honours) in English from University College, University of Toronto, in 1971, and an M.A. in English (1974) from the University of Guelph, with a thesis titled "The Origin and Development of Los: a Study of the Prophetic Poetry of William Blake".[1] He taught at the Department of English, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, from 1975 until 1998. His areas of specialism are Nineteenth and Twentieth Century British Literature.



  • An Explanation of Yellow. Ottawa: Borealis Press, 1981.
  • The Grey Islands. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1985.
  • The Wreckage of Play. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1988.
  • That Night We Were Ravenous. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1998.
  • The Grey Islands. London, ON: Brick Books, 2000.
  • Helix: new and selected poems. Montreal : Signal Editions, 2002.
  • The Grey Islands, unabridged audio edition (2007)
  • Lookout. Plattsburgh, NY: McClelland and Stewart, 2010.[3] ISBN 978-0-7710-8267-2 (shortlisted for the 2011 Griffin Poetry Prize)


  • The Afterlife of George Cartwright. Toronto: McClelland and Stewart, 1992. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1993.
  • German Mills: A Novel Pertaining to the Life and Times of William Berczy. Gaspereau Press, 2015.

Children's books[edit]

  • Flights of Magic. Victoria: Press Porcepic, 1987.


  • Coastlines: The Poetry of Atlantic Canada, ed. Anne Compton, Laurence Hutchman, Ross Leckie and Robin McGrath (Goose Lane Editions, 2002)

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy Canadian Poetry Online.[4]


  1. ^ a b "John Steffler - biography". Canadian Poetry Online. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Former Poets Laureate - John Steffler". Parliament of Canada. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
  3. ^ Search results: John Steffler, Open Library, Web, May 10, 2011.
  4. ^ "John Steffler: Publications," Canadian Poetry Online,, Web, May 10, 2011.

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Preceded by
Pauline Michel
Parliamentary Poet Laureate
Succeeded by
Pierre DesRuisseaux