About


Bio

Stevie Howell is an Irish-Canadian writer & editor. A first collection of poetry, Sharps (Goose Lane, 2014), was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. A second book is forthcoming in 2018 from Penguin Random House Canada. 

Stevie’s poetry has appeared in U.S. publications including BOAAT, Prelude, & The Best American Poetry site; & in Irish publications including The Moth, Southword, & Banshee; & in The Best Canadian Poetry (2014 & 2015), HazlittThe Walrus, Geist, Maisonneuve. Their critical writing has been published in PloughsharesThe Rumpus, National Post, The Globe & Mail, & Quill & Quire. Stevie is the poetry editor at This Magazine.

Stevie grew up in Scarborough, once owned a small-town bookstore, lives by the Mink Mile, & works in a hospital.

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Publishing History

Books

  • I left nothing inside on purpose. McClelland & Stewart, April 2018.
  • ^^^^^^ ^^^^^^ ^^^^^^ [Sharps]. Goose Lane Editions, October 2014.

Chapbooks & Pamphlets

  • Summer. Desert Pets Press, October 2016.
  • Looting the Museum. Odourless Press, November 2013.
  • Royal. Cactus Press, November 2012.
  • Ringsend. Cactus Press, November 2012.

 Poetry in Anthologies

  • “Ballad of blood hotel.” Best Canadian Poetry in English 2015, edited by Jacob McArthur Mooney, Tightrope Books, 2015, pp. 48-49.
  • “Ballad of blood hotel.” So It Goes, #4, edited by Kate Newman, Hugh Vandiver, & Julia Whitehead. Kurt Vonnegut Library, 2015, pp. 36-37.
  • “Airporter driver, ex-European tour guide, through Canmore says.” Best Canadian Poetry in English 2014, edited by Sonnet L’abbe, Tightrope Books, 2014, pp. 41-42.
  • “The guard.” Montreal Poetry Prize Global Poetry Anthology, edited by Mary Dalton, Keki N. Daruwalla, Kwame Dawes, Michael Harris, Kendel Hippolyte, Medbh McGuckian, Sean O’Brien, Robyn Sarah, Nicolette Stasko, & Chase Twitchell, Vehicule Press, 2013, p. 40.

Poetry in Journals

2017 

  • “In the gutter, under the moon.” The Rialto, forthcoming.
  • “Notes on not being able to have a baby.” Prairie Schooner, forthcoming.
  • “A séance.” The Cossack Review, forthcoming.
  • “How soon is another day to go nowhere.” Southword Journal, January. (Ireland.)
  • “The only poem about high school.” BOAAT Journal, January.

2016 

  • “Non-attachment.” Humber Literary Review, December.
  • “Autobiography.” Humber Literary Review, December.
  • “Steven’s echo.”Banshee, #3, October. (Ireland.)
  • “Talking with humans is my only way to learn.” Banshee, October. (Ireland.)
  • “Steven’s echo.” The Puritan, issue 34, September.
  • “Talking with humans is my only way to learn.” The Puritan, issue 34, September.
  • “Trigger warning for a course in developmental psychology.” The Walrus, September.
  • “P-town sonnet.” The Fiddlehead, June. 
  • “An update on the search for gravitational waves.” The Fiddlehead, June. 
  • “Mamet, hunting.” Prelude, June.
  • “Hollow all the way down.” The Rusty Toque, June.
  • “I never saw a thing in the wild feel sorry for itself.” The Rusty Toque, June.
  • “The rain pool.” Flat Singles Press, June.
  • “Man with a van.” Echolocation, February.

2015

  • “I’ve left nothing inside on purpose.” Qwerty, issue 32/33, December.
  • “The Perseids.” Qwerty, issue 32/33, December.
  • “Attachment.” Open Book Toronto, November.
  • “Subplot.” The Malahat Review, issue 192, November.
  • “Birding in Wolfville.” PRISM International, October.
  • “Ontarioabandonedplaces.com.” Taddle Creek, issue 35, June.
  • “Flagellum.” New Poetry, April.
  • “Barriers.” Geist, April.

2014

  • “I am a woman or I am a horse.” Lemon Hound, September.
  • “Pique.” Lemon Hound, September.
  • “Ma’at.” Arc Poetry Magazine, issue 74, July.
  • “The golden girl.” Arc Poetry Magazine, issue 74, July.
  • “Crunches.” Arc Poetry Magazine, issue 74, July.
  • “Ballad of blood hotel.” Arc Poetry Magazine, issue 74, July.
  • “The last dollar store.” This Magazine, June.
  • “Fear is a world.” This Magazine, June.
  • “Hopewell Cape.” EVENT, issue 43/1, May.
  • “We met in the fog.” EVENT, issue 43/1, May.
  • “• • • – – – • • • .” Qwerty, issue 31, May.
  • “Förlåter.” The Puritan, issue 25, May.
  • “Sinkholes tonight.” The Puritan, issue 25, May.
  • “The crook & flail.” The Puritan, issue 25, May.
  • “A gospel.” Best American Poetry site, April.
  • “I̶I̶I̶I̶I̶I̶.” Best American Poetry site, April.
  • “Rip Torn.” Best American Poetry site, April.
  • “Mature student.” Best American Poetry site, April.
  • “Unification of church & state.” The Walrus, March.

2013

  • “Airporter driver, ex-European tour guide, through Canmore says.” Maisonneuve, December.
  • “A sketch.” Maisonneuve, December.
  • “A gospel.” Hazlitt, October.
  • “Swastika.” Riddle Fence, issue 14.
  • “New to the north.” Riddle Fence, issue 14.
  • “Suddenly, the moon is full.” The Antigonish Review, issue 173.
  • “Alicia, drawing nearer.” Toronto Poetry Vendors, April.
  • “Inspector’s notes on the death of Robert James Moore.” The Moth, March. (Ireland.)

2012 

  • “No good.” Eighteen Bridges, December.
  • “A true history of blood.” The Bakery, December.
  • “Rip Torn.” The Walrus, September (online).
  • “Dead bird babies.” PRISM International, issue 50.4, July.
  • “Avenue Road.” Descant, issue 157, June.
  • “Noise.” Hart House Review, April.
  • “To the FREE FELONS.” Grain, issue 39.2, April.
  • “The candle.” Qwerty, issue 27, March.

Literary Criticism

2017

  • Review of Admission Requirements by Phoebe Wang & Dead White Men by Shane Rhodes. The Globe and Mail, June.
  • Review of Bad Ideas by Michael V. Smith & Everything Reminds You of Something Else by Elana Wolff. Quill & Quire, March.

2015

  • Review of Infinite Citizen of the Shaking Tent by Liz Howard. The Winnipeg Review/CV2, September.

2014

  • Review of The Things I Heard About You by Alex Leslie. Quill & Quire, September.
  • Review of Emberton by Peter Norman. National Post, March.

2013

  • Review of Bite Down Little Whisper by Don Domanski. Quill & Quire, December.
  • Review of Whirr and Click by Micheline Maylor. Quill & Quire, June.
  • Review of The Lease by Matthew Henderson, Bent at the Spine by Nicole Markotic, and Cloudy with a Fire in the Basement by Rona Bloom. Arc Poetry Magazine, April.
  • Review of Live from Brooklyn by Jacob Scheier and The Ends of the Earth by Jacqueline Turner. Quill & Quire, April.
  • Review of Wedding in Fire Country by Darren Bifford. Arc Poetry Magazine, winter.
  • Review of The Atlantic Ocean by Andrew O’Hagan. The Rumpus, March.
  • Review of The Truth about Luck by Iain Reid. National Post, March.
  • Review of Any Bright Horse by Lisa Pasold. Arc Poetry Magazine, January.

2012 

  • Review of Lazy Bastardism by Carmine Starnino. Quill & Quire, December.
  • Review of Poet to Poet by Julie Roorda, ed. Quill and Quire, December.
  • Review of The Deception of Livvy Higgs by Donna Morrissey. The Globe and Mail, October.
  • Review of The Essential Tom Marshall by Michael Ondantjee, ed. Quill & Quire, October.
  • Review of The Western Light by Susan Swan. National Post, September.
  • Review of The Book of Marvels by Lorna Crozier. National Post, September.
  • Review of Folk by Jacob McArthur Mooney. Arc Poetry Magazine, July.
  • Review of Kildeer by Phil Hall. Arc Poetry Magazine, May.
  • Review of The Smooth Yarrow by Susan Glickman. Quill & Quire, May.
  • Review of No Ordinary Place by Pamela Porter. Quill & Quire, May.
  • Review of Welling by Margaret Christakos. Arc Poetry Magazine, April.
  • Review of Stray Love by Kyo Maclear. The Globe and Mail, April.
  • Review of Deep Field by Phillip Gross. Ploughshares, March.
  • Review of Sweet by Dani Couture. Arc Poetry Magazine, February. 

Awards & Recognition

2016

  • Iron Horse Literary Review Chapbook Prize shortlist, Birding in Wolfville
  • Matrix Magazine Lit POP Award shortlist, “It wasn’t that hard,” “Talking with humans is my only way to learn,” “Burn,” & “A séance”
  • The Malahat Review Open Season Awards shortlist, “Mamet, hunting”

2015

  • Arc Poetry Magazine Confederation Prize, “Ballad of blood hotel”
  • Gerald Lampert Memorial Award shortlist, Sharps
  • Oxford Brooks International Poetry Competition longlist, “Falling is a form of flying, too”

2013

  • Arc Poetry Magazine Arc Critic’s Desk Prize for Best Brief Review
  • Montreal International Poetry Prize longlist, “The guard”
  • Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition longlist, “Inspector’s notes on the death of Robert James Moore”

2012

  • The Walrus Poetry Prize shortlist, “Rip Torn”

Press

  • Lisa Pike. “Review of Sharps.” CV2, Vol. 39, No. 2, Fall 2016, pp. 87-90.
  • Roxanna Bennett. “Review of Sharps.” Matrix Magazine, June 2016.
  • Timothy Brownlow. “Review of Sharps.” The Malahat Review, issue 191, summer 2015.
  • Richard Green. “Poetry.” University of Toronto Quarterly, Vol. 85, No. 3, summer 2016, pp. 226.
  • Wally Keeler. “Poet to Read in Cobourg.” Northumberland Today, July 30, 2015.
  • Michael Lista. “Stevie Howell’s Sharps gives evidence that ‘anything can happen.’” The National Post, November 28, 2014.
  • Tina Northrup. “My G-G-G-G-Generation.” Canadian Literature, August 1, 2015.
  • “Who’s Reading What.” The New Quarterly, issue 132, November 2014.
  • “Snapshot of Sharps.” CV2, November 26, 2014.

 Grants & Scholarships

2017

  • Canada Council for the Arts, Grants to Professional Writers

2016

  • Toronto Arts Council, Grants to Individual Writers
  • Access Copyright Foundation, Marian Hebb Research Grant
  • Ontario Arts Council, Writers’ Reserve

2015 

  • Ontario Arts Council, Writers’ Reserve
  • Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant

2014 

  • Canada Council for the Arts, Grants to Professional Writers
  • Ontario Arts Council, Writers’ Reserve
  • League of Canadian Poets, Tour Support

2013 

  • Canada Council for the Arts, Travel Grant
  • Ontario Arts Council, Writers’ Reserve
  • The Banff Centre for the Arts, Marnie Warrack Memorial Scholarship

2011 

  • Ontario Arts Council, Writers’ Reserve

2010

  • Humber School for Writers, Timothy Findley Scholarship

Public Performance

2017

  • August 1: Renaissance Reading Series, Montreal, PQ
  • July 4: Art Bar Reading Series, Free Times Cafe, Toronto, ON
  • May 15: Common Reading Series, The Belljar Cafe, Toronto, ON

2016

  • November 2: Pivot Readings, The Steady Cafe, Toronto, ON
  • October 27: Summer chapbook launch, Renunion Island, Toronto, ON
  • April 9: Poetry Gala with Barry Dempster, Richmond Hill Library, ON
  • March 12: Common Reading Series, The Belljar Cafe, Toronto, ON

2015

  • November 9: International Festival of Authors with Jeff Latosik, Owen Sound, ON
  • October 30: International Festival of Authors, Toronto, ON
  • October 27: International Festival of Authors, Toronto, ON
  • September 27: High Park Reading Festival, Toronto, ON
  • September 17: Atwater Poetry Project, Atwater Library, Montreal, QC
  • August 6: Lay Your Word Down series, The Human Bean Cafe, Cobourg, ON
  • June 12: Taddle Creek issue 35 Launch, Jet Fuel Cafe, Toronto, ON
  • June 8: w/ Shane Neilson, Marc Di Saverio, The Steady, Toronto, ON
  • May 7: w/Adam Lindsay Honsinger, Ben McNally Books, Toronto, ON
  • April 16: with Jeff Latosik and Peter Norman, Toronto Public Library
  • March 27: VerseFest, Ottawa, ON
  • March 5: Echolocation Reading, Massey College, Toronto, ON

2014

  • December 1: Rowers Reading Series, Best Canadian Poetry night, Toronto, ON
  • November 28: The Puritan Black Friday, Toronto, ON
  • November 24: Best Canadian Poetry 2014 launch, Toronto, ON
  • November 20: Prince Bookseller, Hamilton, ON
  • November 11: The Art Bar Reading Series, Toronto, ON
  • October 28: Hart House Review party, Toronto, ON
  • October 24: Grey Borders Reading Series, St. Catharines, ON
  • October 23: Novel Idea Bookstore, with Kerry-Lee Powell, Kingston, ON
  • October 11: Homegrown Hamilton, with Andrea Bennett, Hamilton, ON
  • October 9: Acadia University, with Don McKay, Wolfville, NS
  • October 8: Saint Mary’s University, with Don McKay, Halifax, NS
  • October 7: St. Francis Xavier University, with Kerry-Lee Powell, Antigonish, NS
  • October 4-5: Poetry Weekend, Fredericton, NB
  • October 2: Lorenzo Series, University of New Brunswick, Saint John, NB
  • October 1: Attic Owl Reading Series, with Kerry-Lee Powell, Moncton, NB
  • September 30: The Supermarket: Goose Lane 60th Anniversary Gala, Toronto, ON
  • September 27: Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore, Montreal, QC
  • September 10: Emerging Writers Reading Series, Duffy’s Tavern, Toronto, ON
  • September 6: High Park Reading Festival, Toronto, ON
  • June 22: HIJ Reading Series, Toronto, ON
  • January 15: Pivot at the Press Club, Toronto, ON

2013

  • November 20: Odourless Press launch, No One Writes to the Colonel, Toronto, ON
  • October 26: Marathon Readings, International Festival of Authors (IFOA), Toronto, ON
  • June 15: Reading with Adrienne Barrett, Victory Café, Toronto, ON
  • April 15: Wayward Troubadors at Balluchon Raymond, with David Seymour, Toronto, ON
  • January 15: Pivot at the Press Club, Toronto, ON

Education

2016 

  • York University: Bilingual Specialized Honours B.A., Psychology
    Thesis: Cognitive Aging & Acts of Attention. Supervisor: Dr. Guy Proulx. Degree conferred with First Class standing. Toronto, ON.
  • 24 Pearl Street: Poetry Workshop with Carolyn Forché. Provincetown, MA.

2015 

  • Fine Arts Work Centre: Poetry Workshop with Nick Flynn. Provincetown, MA.

2013 

  • Seamus Heaney Poetry Summer School: Poetry Workshop with Sinead Morrissey & Ciaran Carson. Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • The Banff Centre: Writers’ Workshop with Karen Solie. Banff, AB.

2011 

  • The Banff Centre: Writing with Style with Gerald Hill. Banff, AB.

2010

  • University of Toronto: Poetry Master Class with Ken Babstock. Toronto, ON.
  • Humber School for Writers: Summer Workshop with Olive Senior. Toronto, ON.

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Contact

Getting me to leave the house, individual poems for things, burning questions: stevie.howl [@] gmail.com

Ongoing jokes and gripes:

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