“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 A Sparrow Came Down Resplendent. His work has won or been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award, the ReLit Award for Short Fiction and the Canadian Jewish Literary Award. He teaches workshops in elementary and high schools across the country, and has been Writer in Residence for the Writers’ Circle of Durham Region, the Ottawa International Writers’ Festival, Queen’s University, and the Toronto Public Library.
Motel of the Opposable Thumbs, Stuart’s latest poetry collection “continues to ignore trends in Canadian poetry,” according to his publisher. Describing Stuart as “protean and ever-playful,” Quill & Quire calls Motel “another collection that flies in the face of poetic pieties and gleefully mashes up genres and approaches. Running from surrealism to lyricism, from hilarity to heartbreak, these poems take pleasure in poking tradition in the eyes.”
Stuart lives in Cobourg.