Steven Heighton is an eclectic writer, who has published in half a dozen genres, including numerous novels, collections of essays, poetry, and short fiction.
His work has appeared in London Review of Books, Tin House, The New York
Times Book Review, Best American Mystery Stories, Best American Poetry,
TLR, and Best English Stories. He is also a seasoned workshop leader, having taught everywhere from Sage Hill and Wintergreen Studios to the Banff Centre in BC, and Summer Literary Seminars in St. Petersburg, Russia.
His most recent poetry collection, The Waking Comes Late, won a Governor-General’s Literary Award. His latest novel, The Nightingale Won’t Let you Sleep, depicts a Canadian soldier in Cyprus who stumbles across a secret community. “I came across a description of the ghost city of Varosha,” Steve explains, “population: 0… Before long I was repopulating it with fugitives, deserters, misfits and outcasts, and the story began to write itself.” The Toronto Star calls the novel “powerful…unsettling, affecting” and author Annie Proulx describes it as “a rich and disturbing literary thriller.”
Steve was born in Toronto. A graduate of Queen’s University and, more recently, a writer-in-residence there, he has lived in Kingston for thirty years. He is a past Kingston WritersFest Board member, and a repeat Festival alumnus.