Steven Heighton is an eclectic, multiple award-winning writer, who has published in half a dozen genres, including numerous novels, collections of essays, poetry, memoir, reviews, and short fiction. His debut album, The Devil’s Share releases this year. 

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,andBest English Stories. He is also a seasoned workshop leader, having taught everywhere fromSage Hilland Wintergreen Studiosto the Banff Centre in BC, and Summer Literary Seminarsin St. Petersburg, Russia. 

His most recent works include the Governor-General’s Literary Award-winning poetry collection, The Waking Comes Latethe novel, The Nightingale Won’t Let you Sleep, and the memoir Reaching Mithymna, which was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction. 

Selected Poems 1983–2020 showcases Steven’s work both previously published and new, which the Toronto Star says “represents a remarkable moment in a remarkable career.” Quill & Quire praise the him for “centring his work in the wider world as a lyrical experimentalist and metaphysical philosopher with a formalist’s ear.” 

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. 

Steve is supported by Author Patron Rebecca Luce-Kapler.


Appearing in:
23. Selected Poems: A Mid-Career Retrospective
WS2. No Story Begins Until The Word But

Past Festival Appearances

2019: 2. An Evening with Michael Crummey
2018:  WR: Word Sounds: Homophonic Translation for Prose or Poetry
2017: 22. Poetry Reading and Art Show Launch, 25. Reading Men: Books (and Beer!)
2016: 39. Saturday Night SpeakEasy
2014 – 2012 – 2011 – 2010 – 2009