Books & Chapbooks

My book, I left nothing inside on purpose, will be out  from McClelland & Stewart (Penguin Random House) March 2018. About the book: 

Poems of stringent aesthetic demands & volcanic emotional release make up Stevie Howell’s wondrous collection. These poems verge on prayer in their intense plea to be truly seen by another, a devotional sequence addressing our attachments. Can we change? Has anyone ever changed? Does it matter? Lives marred by injury & violence, both physical & psychic, emerge as meditations on trust, faith, & love. The Hawai’ian surf, the neuropsychologist’s lab, the deliriums of social media, & the recovery room. From geology to theology, lyric pain to the contemplative mind of the quasi-saint, I left nothing inside on purpose is a glittering analysis of who we are when we claim to be ourselves in the world.

To order in the United States:


Barnes & Noble

To order in Canada:

McNally Robinson




Summer (Desert Pets Press, 2016)

Stevie Howell’s new chapbook, Summer, explores the hazy summers of youth, where it is possible to slip free from the strict “time-bound” world of high school & family & to try on, & perhaps reject, new identities. Through bike rides, séances, beach fires & “scrubbing a urinal at Arby’s,” the speaker gains insight & self-awareness, slowly, fitfully transitioning from childhood to adulthood. ~ 40 pages. 100 copies. ~ Available in Toronto at Type Books (on Queen) & Knife Fork Book (in Kensington Market). Available everywhere via the Desert Pets Press store on Etsy.




Sharps (Goose Lane Editions, 2014) sharpscoverwithspine

“These poems are coded emergency & emergent code: hail, cut glass, cathedrals, systems, skeletons, & scorched earth. Stevie Howell has found a fault line underwriting Reality & turned this fissure, this terrible brokenness, into a lens. She sees the queasy, exact particular & can phase from its contours into metaphysics & back before we can see the ground shifting. An astonishing debut. An astonishing collection, full stop.” — Ken Babstock, author of Methodist Hatchet



So It Goes (Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library journal, 2015) SIG2015

The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Journal annual anthology, So It Goes, released November 2015, features my poem, “Ballad of Blood Hotel.”


Vonnegut Library


The Best Canadian Poetry 2015 BCP2015

The Best Canadian Poetry 2015 anthology, released October 2015, features my poem, “Ballad of Blood Hotel.”



The Best Canadian Poetry 2014 BCP2014

The Best Canadian Poetry 2014 features my poem, “Airporter Driver, Ex-European Tour Guide, Through Canmore Says.” 



Montreal Poetry Prize Global Anthology 2013 MTLPP-Cover-663x1024-copy

This anthology features my Montreal International Poetry Prize long-listed poem, “The Guard.”


Looting the Museum (Odourless Press, 2013) Looting-the-Museum

A pamphlet with 3 poems: “The Guard,” “A Gospel,” & “We Met in the Fog.” ~ Edition of 50. Gone. ~  



Royal / Ringsend (Cactus Press, 2012) royal and ringsend

A pair of chapbooks. Artwork, silkscreening, & binding by me! ~ Edition of 50. Gone. ~