Steven Heighton

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

Steven Heighton (born 1961)[1] is a Canadian novelist, short story writer and poet. He is the author of fourteen books, including three short story collections, three novels and six poetry collections.[2] His most recent book, the poetry collection The Waking Comes Late, was published in 2016.

Life and work[edit]

Heighton was born in Toronto, Ontario, and grew up there and in Red Lake, in northern Ontario. He travelled and worked in western Canada and Australia after high school, got a BA and MA from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, and then travelled and worked for two years in Asia before settling back in Kingston and starting to write, at first part-time and eventually full-time.

Heighton's most recent books are the Governor General's Award-winning poetry collection The Waking Comes Late (2016) and the Trillium Award finalist The Dead Are More Visible (May 2012). Heighton is also the author of the novel Afterlands (2006), which appeared in six countries and was cited on best of year lists in ten publications in Canada, the USA, and Britain.[2] The book is in pre-production 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] He won the Governor General's Award for Poetry in 2016.[3] His books have been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Award (twice), 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, four gold and one silver award for fiction and for poetry in the National Magazine Awards, the Air Canada Award, the P.K. Page Award, the K.M. Hunter Award, and the Petra Kenney Prize. Flight Paths of the Emperor has been listed at Amazon.ca as one of the ten best Canadian short story collections and has been published in Britain by Granta Books.[2]

Heighton has been the writer-in-residence at McGill University, Queen's, Concordia, the University of Ottawa, and Massey College at the University of Toronto. He has also led writing workshops at the Summer Literary Seminars in Saint Petersburg, Russia (2007), the May Studios at the Banff Centre for the Arts (2001), Writing with Style at the Banff Centre, and the Sage Hill Writing Experience in Blackstrap Lake, Saskatchewan (2015 and 2016.)

Heighton currently lives in Kingston, Ontario with his family.

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • The 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

Poetry[edit]

Essays[edit]

  • The Admen Move on Lhasa: Writing & Culture in a Virtual World (1997) House of Anansi Press
  • Workbook (2011) ECW Press

Anthologies and magazines[edit]

  • Best American Mystery Stories (James Patterson, ed., Norton, 2015)
  • 70 Canadian Poets (Gary Geddes, ed., Oxford, 2015)
  • Best American Poetry (Mark Doty, ed., Scribner, 2012)
  • Finding the Words (Jared Bland, ed., 2011)
  • The Best Canadian Poetry (Molly Peacock, series ed., Tightrope Books, 2009, 2010, 2011)
  • 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)
  • 1991 Prism International Short Story Competition, first prize for "Five Paintings of the New Japan"
  • 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)
  • 2002 Petra Kenney Prize for Poetry
  • 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
  • 2011 National Magazine Awards silver for poetry
  • 2011 P.K. Page Founder's Award
  • 2013 Finalist, Trillium Award (for The Dead Are More Visible)
  • 2016 Governor General's Award for Poetry (for The Waking Comes Late)

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