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Steven Heighton


Steven Heighton received the Governor General’s Award for Poetry for his 2016 collection The Waking Comes Late. His most recent book is a novel, The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep published by Hamish Hamilton Canada. His fiction and poetry have appeared in the LRB, Zoetrope, Tin House, Best American Poetry, Best American Mystery Stories and the Walrus. He lives in Kingston.

Going unnoticed must be the root sorrow for the broken. Read more

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Personal narratives by Indigenous and settler contributors describing significant first contacts that brought new insights. Read more

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"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. Read 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? Read 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 Read 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. Read more

Dispatches

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

FICTION

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

Dispatches

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