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, I left nothing inside on purpose, is forthcoming in 2018 from Penguin Random House Canada. 

Stevie’s poetry has appeared in U.S. publications including BOAAT, Prelude, Prairie Schooner, The Cossack Review, Gigantic Sequins, & The Best American Poetry site; & in Irish & U.K. publications including The Rialto, 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 & an MFA candidate in creative writing at NYU.

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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 

  • “As a child.” Michigan Quarterly Review, forthcoming.
  • “I welcomed the wound &.” Gigantic Sequins, forthcoming.
  • “Notes on not being able to have a baby.” Prairie Schooner, forthcoming.
  • “A séance.” The Cossack Review, forthcoming.
  • “In the gutter, under the moon.” The Rialto, number 89, late summer 2017.
  • “How soon is another day to go nowhere.” Southword Journal, January. (Ireland.)
  • “The only poem about high school.” BOAAT Journal, January.

2016 

  • “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 Cruise Missile Liberals by Spencer Gordon, Drakkar Noir by Jeramy Dodds, & Wherever We Mean to Be by Robyn Sarah. Quill & Quire, forthcoming.
  • Review of Panacle by Gillian Sze, Washing Off the Raccoon Eyes by Margo LaPierre, & Into the Open: Poems New & Selected by Susan McCaslin. Quill & Quire, forthcoming.
  • 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

2017

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.

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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