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