“I am drawn to the weird, to the dreamlike, to the absurd,” says Stuart Ross. “I don’t think we should be constrained by the laws of the real world in our writing.”
Stuart is a prolific writer, editor, and teacher. He is the author of twenty books of poetry, fiction, and essays including the novel Pockets, and the poetry collection Motel of the Opposable Thumbs. Stuart won the 2010 ReLit Award for Short Fiction, the 2012 Mona Elaine Adilman Award for Jewish Fiction, The 2017 Canadian Jewish Literary Award for Poetry, and most recently, the 2019 Harbourfront Festival Prize for his contributions to Canadian literature.
In a hybrid of essay, memoir, and poetry, Ross wrestles with grieving the people one loves and what it means to go on living in the face of an enormous accumulation of loss. Written during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in the wake of profound personal tragedy, this meditation on mortality is Ross’ most personal book to date.
Stuart lives in Cobourg, Ontario, where he is working on about a dozen new books.
Past Festival Appearances