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Steven Heighton


Steven Heighton’s fiction and poetry have received four gold National Magazine Awards and have appeared in the LRB, Poetry, Best American Poetry (2012), Best English Stories and Tin House. He lives in Kingston.

"Of course, looking back, you would like to reboot and start over, but there is no over." An excerpt from The Waking Comes Late, winner of the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Award for poetry. more

POETRY

In this excerpt from Steven Heighton's new book, The Dead Are More Visible, a firefighter must decide what lives are worth saving in the heat of a four-alarm fire. The official line is that firefighters save people—but what about reptiles? more

Short Stories

When Al Purdy got up for his turn and peered down at us, the crown of his head almost grazed the bank of fluorescent tubes on the ceiling, or so it seemed to us—or seems to me now. In a big, barging voice he prefaced his reading by asking what we had more

Prose

Before I opened for Joyce Carol Oates at her reading at Harbourfront in Toronto, we had dinner: Oates and her husband, Raymond Smith; the organizer, Greg Gatenby; and me. more

Dispatches

At first the sound was like a raw stropping of steel on steel although we had little such heavy stuff along... more

FICTION

A greying, sunburnt American mis­sionary stopped us in the fruit market and invited us for a drink. more

Dispatches

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—Constance, Coquitlam BC

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