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Stephanie Bolster

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Tel:     (514) 848-2424  ext. 2339

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Email:   stephanie.bolster@concordia.ca

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Associate Professor

As a poet, I am interested in perception and representation, with a particular focus on the visual arts, domestic spaces, disaster tourism, theme parks, and the “middle landscape” of zoos and gardens. Zoos in particular are central to my latest poetry collection, A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth, and to an anthology I co-edited with Katia Grubisic and Simon Reader, Penned: Zoo Poems. Both projects were supported by grants from SSHRC and FQRSC.

As guest editor of the inaugural The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008 anthology, I read all the poetry published in English in Canadian literary journals the previous year. My introduction offers reflections on this sometimes rewarding, sometimes frustrating, always illuminating process and on the aesthetic and pedagogical implications of literary evaluation.

My current project is a book-length poem that takes as its starting point Robert Polidori’s post-disaster photographs of New Orleans and Chernobyl. This interrogation of the writer’s relationship to looking and to art-making also concerns itself with, among other subjects, Japan’s 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, ghost towns, Expo 1986 and Vancouver’s propensity for architectural self-transformation, the generative and destructive potential of the kudzu vine in the American South, and the recent designation of the Exclusion Zone around Chernobyl as a wildlife sanctuary populated by the endangered Przewalski’s horse.

As a thesis supervisor, I have worked with students writing in a range of genres and approaches to genre: collections of discrete poems, linked and long poems, cross-genre writing, and prose in the form of short fiction and the novel.

My poetry has received the Norma Epstein Award (1993), the Bronwen Wallace Award (1996), The Malahat Review's Long Poem Prize (1997),Contemporary Verse 2’s poetry competition (1997), the Governor General’s Award (1998, for White Stone), the Gerald Lampert Award (1998, for White Stone), Mother Tongue Press’ Poetry Chapbook Competition (1998), the Archibald Lampman Award (1999, for Pavilion), and The Antigonish Review’s Great Blue Heron Poetry Competition (2003), and has been nominated for the Trillium Award (1999) and the Pat Lowther Award (1998 and 2012).


  • University of British Columbia, Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (poetry thesis), 1994
  • University of British Columbia, Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, 1991


Research / Teaching Interests

  • the long poem and the poem series
  • ekphrasis
  • referentiality
  • middle landscape
  • disaster tourism
  • environmental transitions
  • zoos
  • Vermeer and other Dutch painters of the 17th century
  • Japanese aesthetics and culture
  • Charles Dodgson/Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell


Selected Publications



  • A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth. London, Ontario: Brick Books, 2011. 80 pages.
  • Pavilion. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, April 2002. 72 pages.
  • Two Bowls of Milk. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, March 1999 (in second printing). 86 pages.
  • White Stone: The Alice Poems. Montréal: Signal Editions/Véhicule Press, April 1998 (in fifth printing). 80 pages. - Pierre Blanche: poèmes d’Alice, trans. Daniel Canty. Montréal: Les Éditions du Noroît, August 2007. 96 pages.


  • Past the Roman Arena and the Cedar of Lebanon. Handmade limited edition chapbook. Montréal, Québec: Delirium Press, April 2006. 20 pages.
  • Biodôme. Limited edition chapbook. Ottawa, Ontario: above/ground press, April 2006. unpaginated.
  • Inside a Tent of Skin: 9 Poems from the National Gallery of Canada. Handmade limited edition chapbook (First Prize winner of annual chapbook contest). Salt Spring Island, British Columbia: Mother Tongue Press, May 1998. 28 pages.
  • Portraits of Alice. Limited edition chapbook. Shelburne, Ontario: Lewis Carroll Society of Canada, April 1998. 18 pages.
  • Three Bloody Words. Limited edition chapbook. Ottawa, Ontario: above/ground press, May 1996. 24 pages.


Anthologies (since 2005)  

I Found it at the Movies, ed. Ruth Roach Pierson and Sue MacLeod. Toronto: Tightrope Books, Spring 2013. (FORTHCOMING)

              • 1 poem (previously published): Fargo in Flood

Poet to Poet, eds. Michael Mirolla, Julie Roorda, and Elana Wolff. Toronto: Guernica Editions, Fall 2012 (FORTHCOMING)

              • 2 poems (previously published) and accompanying introductory texts (previously unpublished): Rainbow; Song for the Song of the Aviary

Alhambra Poetry Calendar for Young Readers 2013 (Bertem, Belgium) (FORTHCOMING)

              • 4 poems (previously published): Identical Twins, Portrait of Alice as Chrysalis, Many Have Written Poems about Blackberries, Two Bowls of Milk

Alhambra Poetry Calendar 2013 (Bertem, Belgium) (FORTHCOMING)

              • 1 poem: Crescendo (excerpt from Long Exposure)

After the Mountain: The A.M. Klein Reboot Project, ed. Jason Camlot. Montreal: Synapse Press, 2011.

              • 1 poem: The Mountain (erasure of A.M. Klein’s poem “The Mountain”) (unpaginated)

The City We Share, ed. Mark Abley. Montreal: Shoreline, 2011. (pp. 180-181)

              • 2 poems (previously published): Vespers, Last of August    


Alhambra Poetry Calendar 2011 (Bertem, Belgium)

              • 1 poem (previously published): When We Stop Visiting

Le Livre de chevet, ed. Daniel Canty. Montreal: Le Quartanier, 2009. (pp. 165-167)

              • 3 poems (previously unpublished; in French translation): Gaslight; California;

For My Daughter, Who Will Not Sleep


Alhambra Poetry Calendar 2010 (Bertem, Belgium)

              • 1 poem (previously published): Tended Meadow

Open Wide a Wilderness: Canadian Nature Poems, ed. Nancy Holmes. Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, April 2009.

              • 1 poem (previously published): Many Have Written Poems about Blackberries(p. 443)

A Verse Map of Vancouver, ed. George McWhirter. Vancouver, BC: Anvil Press, 2009.

• 1 poem: Terminal

Alhambra Poetry Calendar 2009 (Bertem, Belgium)

              • 1 poem: Frick Collection

Contemporary Canadian Poetry (in translation Serbo-Croatian translation), ed. and trans. Goran Simic and Visnja Brcic. Sarajevo: Buybook, 2008. (pp. 309-312)

              • 4 poems (previously published in English): Window, Addition, Dream with

              Body, Basement

Alhambra Poetry Calendar 2008 (Bertem, Belgium)

  • 1 poem (previously published): Vermeer, Impoverished Father of Eleven Surviving Children, Paints Our House
  • Women’s Work, ed. Eva Saltzman. Bridgend, Wales: Seren Press, forthcoming • 1 poem (previously published): Train Windows
  • Common Magic: The Book of the New, ed. Elizabeth Greene and Danielle Gugler. Kingston, Ontario: Artful Codger Press, 2008. • 1 poem (previously published): August (p. 65)
  • Le groupe des huit, huit poètes anglo-québécois, ed. and trans. Judith-Louise Thibault. Montréal: Les Éditions du Noroît / Châtelineau, Belgium: Le Taillis Pré, April 2008.(pp. 15-33) • 7 poems (previously published): Aperture, 1856; The Curse, 1863; After the Wedding, 1887; Close Your Eyes and Think of England; On the Steps of the Met; Many Have Written Poems About Blackberries
  • The Echoing Years: An Anthology of Contemporary Poetry and Translation from Canada and Ireland, ed. John Ennis and Stephanie McKenzie. Waterford, Ireland: Waterford Institute of Technology, Spring 2008. • 6 poems (previously published): Aperture, 1856; Whose Eyes; from In Which Alice Poses for Julia Margaret Cameron, 1872: Cordelia; Two Deaths in January, 1898; Close Your Eyes and Think of England; Portrait of Alice with Christopher Robin
  • Reading Writers Reading: Canadian Authors’ Reflections, ed. Danielle Schaub. Edmonton: The University of Alberta Press and Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2006. (p. 200) • 1 essay: The Door
  • Babylon Burning:  9/11 Five Years On (Nth Position e-book), September 2006 http://www.nthposition.com/babylonburning911.php • 1 poem: Shock and Awe
  • Brave New Play Rites, ed. Bryan Wade. Vancouver: Anvil Press, 2006. (pp. 169-179) • 1 short play: Aquarium
  • Las sagradas superficies: Poesia canadiense actual de lengua inglesa, ed. and trans. Claudia Lucotti. Mexico City: Editorial Aldus, 2005. • 5 poems (previously published) in English with Spanish translation: Come to the edge of the barn . . . , Many Have Written Poems about Blackberries, Two Bowls of Milk, Lost Things Poke through Melting Snow, Portrait of Alice with Elvis
  • Twenty-five Years of Tree, ed. James Moran and Jennifer Mulligan. Ottawa: Buschek Books, 2005. • 3 poems (previously published): Where the Bear Was, Lions of the Nineteenth Century, Song for the Song of the Aviary
  • The New Canon, ed. Carmine Starnino. Montréal: Signal Editions/Véhicule Press, Autumn 2005. pp. 257-260. • 5 poems (previously published): Seawolf Inside Its Own Dorsal Fin, Edge of the River, On the Steps of the Met, Chemistry, Hedge


Literary Journals (since 2005)

Toronto Poetry Vendors (http://torontopoetryvendors.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/tpv-spring-2012-stephanie-bolster/), Spring 2012 (Toronto, Ontario)

  • 1 poem: Vacation

Ottawater (www.ottawater.com) – #8, January 2012 (Ottawa, Ontario)

  • 1 poem (“Middle Landscape”) and 4 excerpts from Long Exposure (“The moon’s back . . .” “This is the time . . .” “To talk is wrong . . .” “We are not our skins . . .” (p. 6)

Eighteen Bridges – Issue 2, Spring 2011 (Edmonton, Alberta)

  • 1 excerpt from Long Exposure (“Will I be happy . . .”) (p. 50)

Branch (www.branchmagazine.com/Wild/index.html)– Number 5, Spring 2011 (Montréal, Québec)

  • 3 poems (2 previously published): Life of the Mind (Tapestry), Life of the Mind  (Task), Gardening (the latter previously unpublished)

Contemporary Verse 2 – Volume 33, Number 2, Fall 2010 (Winnipeg, Manitoba)

  • 2 poems: Vespers, In the Solarium (pp. 26-27)

Arc – Poetry Annual 2011, Summer 2010 (Ottawa, Ontario)

  • 2 poems: Cusp; Two Doors (pp. 66-68)- #60, Summer 2008 (p. 73)
  • 1 poem: Remembering Thirty- #57, Winter 2006 (p. 27)
  • 1 poem: Rainbow (Editor’s Choice for Poem of the Year contest)- #56, Summer 2006 (pp. 15-17)
  • 3 poems: Glass; Elephant; Incipient

The New Quarterly – #114, Spring 2010 (Waterloo, Ontario)

  • 1 poem: Mistaken for Blackbirds (p. 135) - #106, Spring 2008
  • 2 poems: A Brief History of the Bear Pit in the Ménagerie of the Jardin des

Plantes in Paris; Night Zoo (pp. 58-59) - #100, Fall 2006 (p. 37, p. 39)

  • 2 poems: Walking with My Mother at English Bay; Bear, Pointe-Claire, Québec

PRISM international – Volume 48, Number 2, Winter 2010 (50th anniversary retrospective) (University of British Columbia, Vancouver)

  • 1 poem (previously published): North America’s Favourite Zoo Animal (p. 47)
  • Volume 42, Number 2, Winter 2004 (pp. 17-18)
  • 2 poems: Where the Bear Was; North America’s Favourite Zoo Animal - Volume 35, Number 2, Winter 1997 (pp. 17-19)
  • 1 poem: Small Poems for Flowers (an excerpt)

Riddle Fence – Number 4, Winter 2009/2010 (St. John’s, Newfoundland) (pp. 90-91)

  • 2 poems: When We Stop Visiting, Stuffed Stuff

Contre Jour – #17, Winter 2008/2009 (Montréal, Québec) (pp. 79-94)

  • 10 linked poems (in French translation by Judith Bessette): Deux personnages dans la nuit - #12, Spring 2007 (Montréal, Québec) (pp. 9-23)
  • 7 poems (in French translation): In Which Alice Falls in Love with Queen Victoria’s Youngest Son, 1873; After the Wedding, 1880; Another Son, 1887; Two Deaths in January, 1898; Close Your Eyes and Think of England; In Which Alice Receives an Honourary Doctorate from Columbia University, 1932; Death, 1934
  • Matrix – #80, Summer 2008 (pp. 46-47) (Concordia University, Montréal, Québec) • 4 poems (previously published): Life of the Mind (Turn), The Gardens of Capability Brown, Brussels Zoo, Still Life with Mouse and Candle
  • London Magazine – December 2007/January 2008 (London, England) • 1 poem: Life of the Mind (Low) (pp. 50-51)
  • The New Quarterly – #106, Spring 2008 • 2 poems: A Brief History of the Bear Pit in the Ménagerie of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris; Night Zoo
  • The New Quarterly – #100, Fall 2006 (p. 37, p. 39) • 2 poems: Walking with My Mother at English Bay; Bear, Pointe-Claire, Québec
  • Jacket (www.jacketmagazine.com)– #34, Autumn 2007 (Australia) • 6 poems (4 previously published): Portrait of Alice with Elvis; Train Windows;
  • Syringa, Or a Poem by John Ashbery; Avenue Marcil (all previously published); Evolution; The Life of the Mind (Night)
  • Poem of the Week, Canada’s poet laureate’s website (http://www.parl.gc.ca/poet) - 28 May 2007 (Ottawa, Ontario) • one poem: Tapestry, The Cloisters
  • CBC – Words at Large, National Poetry Month website (http://www.cbc.ca/wordsatlarge) - 30 April 2007 (Toronto, Ontario) • one poem (previously published) : Train Windows
  • Eyewear (http://toddswift.blogspot.com) – 6 July, 2007 (London, England) • one poem (previously published) : Lingua Botanica
  • Elizabeth Bishop Society of Nova Scotia Newsletter – Vol. 13, Winter 2007 (Great Village, Nova Scotia) (p. 10) • one poem: Rainbow (previously published)
  • Liberté – #275/276, Vol. 49, Numbers 1-2, March 2007 (Montréal, Québec) (pp. 136-147) • 6 poems (in French translation): La porte ouverte; Pierre blanche; Le petit mal; 1863; Tamise; Où Alice pose pour Julia Margaret Cameron, 1872; Nature morte
  • Black Warrior Review – Volume 33, Number 2, Spring/Summer 2007 (The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama) (pp. 60-88) • chapbook of 24 poems, “The Life of the Mind”
  • Descant – #135, Winter 2006 (Toronto, Ontario) (pp. 144-145) • 2 poems: California; Where You Live
  • Gusts: Contemporary Tanka – No. 3, Spring/Summer 2006 (Lethbridge, Alberta) (p. 23) • 7 poems: all untitled
  • Literary Review of Canada – Volume 14, No. 4, January/February 2006  (Toronto, Ontario) (pp. 12) • 3 poems: Paris. – Au Jardin des Plantes. – Fosse aux Ours.; Dish With a Representation of the Sense of Hearing; Ginkaku-ji
  • Ottawater (www.ottawater.com) – 2.0, January 2006 (Ottawa, Ontario) • 3 poems: Biodome; Going to the Zoo; Domes of New York
  • DISPATX (www.dispatx.com) – November 2005 (Barcelona, Spain) • 4 poems: The Invention of Distraction; Marché du Livre Ancien; The Garden of
  • Augustus the Strong; Luna Park
  • Event – Volume 34, Number 3 (Spring 2006) (pp. 33-35) (Douglas College, New Westminster, British Columbia) • 3 poems: Avenue Marcil; Monument; Palais-Royal
  • The Fiddlehead – #228, Summer 2006 (pp. 21-24) (University of New Brunswick, Fredericton) • 4 poems: Garden; Art and Nature; Scenery; Lingua Botanica
  • The Malahat Review – #152, Fall 2005 (University of Victoria, BC) • 3 poems: Palm House, Kew; Millstone Quarry, Gabriola; Horse Chestnuts, Harrison Lake
  • Arcade – #63, Summer 2005 (pp. 92-95) (Montréal, Québec) • 3 poems (in French translation, and in English [previously published]): The Cloisters, Brussels Zoo, (excerpt from) The Japanese Pavilion
  • New American Writing – #23, 2005 (pp. 112-113) (Mill Valley, California) • 3 poems: Topiary, The Future, Bagatelle
  • Rampike – Volume 14, Number 1, Spring 2005 (p. 72) (University of Windsor, Ontario) • 1 poem: Kite-Flying Day
  • Grain – Volume 32, Number 4, Spring 2005 (p. 33) (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) • 1 poem: Goldenrod
  • C’est Selon - #14, Spring 2005 (Montréal, Québec) • 5 poems (in English and with French translation): Zoo de Nancy, Lions of the Nineteenth Century, Housing the Great Auk, Exhibition of a Rhinoceros at Venice, Blow-Up
  • Vallum – Volume 3, Number 1, May 2005 (p. 48) (Montréal, Québec) • 2 poems: Diorama (Rattlesnake . . .); Ironwork


PROSE (since 2005)


13 Poetry Books on Neptune (ed., Stuart Ross), posted 17 November 2011 (http://13poetrybooksonneptune.wordpress.com)

  • annotated list of selected poetry collections

17 Seconds (http://www.ottawater.com/seventeenseconds/issue3/SBolsterInterview.pdf) – Issue #3, Summer 2011 (Ottawa, Ontario)

  • conversation with Ottawa poet rob mclennan

Arc – Poetry Annual 2011, Summer 2010 (Ottawa, Ontario)

  • interview: The Lure of the Gallery Wall (with John Barton and Anita Lahey) (pp. 69-81) - Poetry Annual 2010, Summer 2009 (Ottawa, Ontario)
  • essay: Remembering Goldenrod: On Don Coles’ “Recluse” (pp. 71-74)

Approaches to Poetry: the pre-poem moment, ed. Shane Neilson. Victoria, BC: Frog Hollow Press, Fall 2009.

  • essay, “Life of the Mind” (pp. 90-94)
  • Creative Expression, Creative Education: Creativity as a Primary Rationale for Education, ed. Robert Kelly and Carl Leggo. Calgary: Detselig Enterprises Ltd., 2008. 263 pp. • 1 essay: Towards the Cancellation of National Poetry Month (pp. 127-131)
  • The New Quarterly e-newsletter, April 2008 • 1 short essay: Paris, City of Coincidence
  • Literary Review of Canada – Vol. 16, No. 3, April 2008 (Toronto, Ontario) (p. 14) • 1 short essay: on Margaret Avison’s “Thaw” in “Canada’s Most Memorable Poems: The LRC Contributors’ List”
  • Double Lives: Writing and Motherhood, ed. Shannon Cowan, Fiona Tinwei Lam, and Cathy Stonehouse. Montréal: McGill-Queen’s University Press. Spring 2008. • 1 essay: Transformations (pp. 128-135)

Reading Writers Reading: Canadian Authors’ Reflections, ed. Danielle Schaub. Edmonton: The University of Alberta Press and Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2006. (p. 200)

  • essay: The Door (p. 200)
  • Maisonneuve – October 2005 (Montréal, Québec) • 1 article: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Fan: Duran Duran Lives on in the Most Unlikely Places




Global Poetry Anthology, edited by Valerie Bloom, Stephanie Bolster, Frank M. Chipasula, Fred D’Aguiar, Michael Harris, John Kinsella, Sinéad Morrissey, Odia Ofeimun, Eric Ormsby, and Anand Thakore. Montreal: Signal Editions/Véhicule Press, Spring 2012. 100 pp.


Penned: Zoo Poems, edited by Stephanie Bolster, Katia Grubisic, and Simon Reader. Montreal: Signal Editions/Véhicule Press, Fall 2009. 150 pp.


The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, edited by Stephanie Bolster, series/advisory editor Molly Peacock. Toronto: Tightrope Books, Fall 2008. 155 pp.

The Ishtar Gate: Last and Selected Poems, Diana Brebner, edited and with an introduction by Stephanie Bolster. Montréal and Kingston: McGill-Queen’s University Press, Hugh MacLennan Poetry Series, Autumn 2004. 166 pp.


Conference Papers / Panel Discussions / Public Interviews (selected, since 2005)

Thursday, May 10 – Sunday, May 13 2012: CCWWP (Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs) conference, Toronto (Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning)

  • panel presenter, “Poetry as Research, Research as Poetry”

23 April March 2012: Writers Out Loud with Stephanie Bolster, Mary di Michele, David McGimpsey, and Sina Queyras, Concordia University, Montreal

  • panel participant

22 October 2011: Vancouver 125 Poetry Conference, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, Vancouver

  • panel participant, “Directions in Contemporary Poetry”

24 May 2011: Writers Out Loud with Kate Hall and Johanna Skibsrud, Ye Olde Orchard Pub, Pointe-Claire, Quebec

  • host and interviewer

10 October 2010: CCWWP (Canadian Creative Writers and Writing Programs) inaugural conference, Calgary and Banff, Alberta

  • panel presenter, “The Perils of Creative Writing”

29 May 2010  “One of These Things is Not Like the Others: The Writer in the University,” Keynote Address, Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures (ACQL) conference, SSHRC Congress, Concordia University

5 May 2010: “Breaking Barriers: Writers, Scientists, and Mathematicians in Conversation,” TransCanada Pipelines Pavilion, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta

  • panel presenter

9 February 2010: Dialogic session, Beautiful Minds series, Galérie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal

  • conversation with host and participants, with reference to my book, Pavilion

23 January 2009: Launch of The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2008, Imprint Bookstore, St. John, New Brunswick

  • panel moderator

2 June 2008: Quebec Reads . . . a Little, Quebec Writers’ Federation event, Café Volver, Montreal

  • poetry panel presenter, discussing Bruce Taylor’s “The Slough”

9 April 2008: Poetry Without Borders panel discussion, Westmount Public Library

  • presenter

7 - 8 March 2008: Common Magic: The Legacy of Bronwen Wallace conference, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

  • panel presenter: Bronwen Wallace Award Winners’ Recollections

27 October 2007: Nature Matters Conference, York University, Toronto, Ontario

  • panel presenter: Animals in Poetry: “Ironwork: poems from Zoos”

31 March 2005: Associated Writing Programs Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia

  • moderator and panel presenter: After Survival: Canadian Poetry Now

3 and 4 November 2004: Stories of Writing: Writers Reflect on 40 Years of Creative Writing Education in Canada, Department of Creative Writing, Theatre, and Film, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

  • panel presenter for: Recalling the Workshop: Alumni teachers talk about Creative Writing classes and curriculum past, present, and future; and What Can You Do With an MFA in Creative Writing: Vocational angst in a post-modern age


Teaching and Residencies

  • 26 April – 15 May 2010: Writing Studios, The Banff Centre for the Arts – Teaching Faculty for poetry
  • 20 – 25 February 2006: Writer-in-Residence, Douglas College, New Westminster, BC
  • 26 June – 9 July 2005: Summer Literary Seminars, St. Petersburg, Russia – Teaching Faculty for poetry
  • 1 January – 31 March 2003: Department of English, McGill University, Montréal – Reynolds Atelier Writer-in-Residence
  • 7 – 14 July 2001: Booming Ground Writers’ Community, Green College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver – Teaching Faculty for poetry
  • 1 – 4 July 1999 and 30 June – 3 July 2000: Taddle Creek Summer Writers’ Workshop, Department of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto – Teaching Faculty for poetry


  •   28 September 2009: “Penned: Writing Animals in Captivity,” Sustainable Writing Lab Seminar Series, York University, Toronto
  • 8 April 2006: Full Day Poetry Workshop, Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, Montréal, Québec
  • 26 October 2004: Poetry Workshop, Québec Writers’ Federation, Montréal
  • 30 April 2004: Thousand Islands Secondary School, Brockville, Ontario


Readings (since 2005)

May 2013: Twigs & Leaves, Ste. Anne de Bellevue (UPCOMING)

May 2013: Rower’s Pub, Toronto (UPCOMING)

February 2013: Poetry London, London, Ontario (UPCOMING)

24 November 2012: Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland (UPCOMING)

23 November 2012: St. Mary’s University, Halifax (UPCOMING)

22 November 2012: University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown (UPCOMING)

21 November 2012: St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia (UPCOMING)

20 November 2012: University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (UPCOMING)

19 November 2012: University of New Brunswick, Saint John (UPCOMING)

21 October 2012: Plasticine Poetry Series, Toronto

30 September 2012: Kingston WritersFest, Kingston, Ontario

11 July 2012: The Pivot Reading Series, Toronto

10 July 2012: The Art Bar Reading Series, Toronto

3 May 2012: UBC Robson Square Reading Series, Vancouver

27 April 2012: Planet Earth Poetry Series, Victoria

1 April 2012: gritLIT festival, Hamilton, Ontario

29 March 2012: Atwater Poetry Project, Atwater Library, Montreal

3 January 2012: Vancouver Public Library, Vancouver

13 November 2011: Collected Works Bookstore, Ottawa, Ontario

26 October 2011: Launch of A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth, Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore, Montréal, Quebec

21 October 2011: Vancouver 125 Poetry Conference, W2, Vancouver

20 October 2011: Vancouver 125 Poetry Conference, SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

20 August 2011: launch of Pointe-Claire: The City We Share, Pointe-Claire Public Library, Québec

12 July 2011: Literatures in English: Ethical, Cultural and Transnational Perspectives,

conference hosted by Concordia University’s School of Canadian Irish Studies and the Centre for the International Study of Literatures in English at the University of Innsbruck, Austria; Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec

30 September 2010: Morris House reading series, Bishop’s University, Lennoxville,


8 May 2010: Banff Centre for the Arts, faculty and student reading, Banff, Alberta

13 March 2010: Inter-university graduate conference reading, Arts Café, Montréal

27 February 2010: Minor American Reading Series, in association with Duke University,

Durham, North Carolina – cancelled due to weather-related flight disruption

12 November 2009: The Yellow Door, Montréal

16, 17 October 2009: American Launch of The Best Canadian Poetry 2008, Lillian

Vernon Creative Writers’ House, New York University; Bowery Poetry Club,

New York City

28 September 2009: Sustainable Writing Lab Seminar Series, York University, Toronto

11 August 2009: The Art Bar Reading Series, Clinton’s, Toronto

17 and 18 July 2009: Saskatchewan Festival of Words, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

12 May 2009: Tree Reading Series, Arts Court, Ottawa

18 April 2009: Plan 99 reading series, Manx Pub, Ottawa

28 March 2009: English graduate student conference, Thomson House, McGill

University, Montréal

24 March 2009: W.I.R.E. Reading Series, Aurora Café, Beaconsfield, Québec

19 February 2009: The Yellow Door, Montréal

16 October 2008: The Yellow Door, Montréal

26 September 2008: Translator’s Day reading with Daniel Canty, ATTLC, Concordia


4 September 2008: Vernissage for “La suite d’Alice” exhibition of illustrations for Pierre

blanche: Poèmes d’Alice, Librairie Monet, Montreal

1 June 2008: Marché francophone de la poésie, Place Gerald-Godin, Montréal, Québec

5 May 2008: Launch of Double Lives anthology, Paragraphe Books, Montreal

3 May 2008: Launch of Vallum magazine, Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, Montreal

1 May 2008: Translation Slam, Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, Montreal

24 April 2008: Atwater Poetry Project, Atwater Library, Montréal

3 April 2008: Launch of Le Groupe des huit: Huit poetes anglo-Quebecois, John Abbott

College, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec

19 November 2007: John Abbott College, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec

4 October 2007: Fanshawe College, London, Ontario

3 October 2007: Poetry London, Fred Landon Branch, London Public Library, Ontario

2 October 2007: The Art Bar reading series, Clinton’s, Toronto

30 September 2007: Le Noroît reading, Librairie Olivieri, Montréal

23 August 2007: Launch of Pierre blanche: Poèmes d’Alice, Librairie Gallimard,


1 May 2007: Writers Out Loud, Lower Canada College, Montréal

26 April 2007: Launch of Contre-Jour, Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, Montréal

21 February 2007: Cross-Border Pollination reading series, Vancouver Public Library

9 February 2007: “Professing Poetics” reading, Festival Voix d’Amériques, Casa del

Popolo, Montréal

10 November 2006: Anvil Press reading, Zeke’s  Gallery, Montréal

18 October 2006: Launch of Québec Literary Database, Pointe-Claire Public Library

6 July 2006: Factory Reading Series, Ottawa Art Gallery, Ottawa

2 June 2006: Marché francophone de la poésie, Place Gerald-Godin, Montréal, Québec

18 April 2006: The Art Bar reading series, Victory Café, Toronto

7 April 2006: Soirée de Poésie, Blue Metropolis Literary Festival, Montréal

24 February 2006: Douglas College, David Lam Campus, Coquitlam, BC

23 February 2006: Douglas College, New Westminster, BC

22 February 2006: Kwantlen College, Surrey, BC

21 February 2006: Poetry Dogs Reading, Vancouver Public Library (central branch),

Vancouver, BC

1 February 2006: Zeke’s Gallery, Montréal, Québec

24 November 2005: Launch of Las sagradas superficies: Poesia canadiense actual de

lengua inglesa, Casa Lamm, Mexico City

23 November 2005: UNAM, Mexico City

10 November 2005: The Yellow Door reading series, Montréal

24 October 2005: The Double Hook: A Celebration, Centaur Theatre, Montréal

28 June 2005: Summer Literary Seminars Reading Series, The American Corner, St.

Petersburg, Russia

4 June 2005: Marché francophone de la poésie, Place Gerald-Godin, Montréal, Québec

20 April 2005: Launch of The Ishtar Gate: Last and Selected Poems by Diana Brebner,

Double Hook Book Shop, Montréal, Québec

Research Grants

  • 2004 - 2009: Fonds Québecois de recherche sur la société et la culture, Nouveaux Chercheurs-Créateurs, “Ménagerie des plantes, Jardin des animaux: The Poetry of Zoos and Gardens in Québec and Western Europe”
  • 2004 - 2009: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Research/Creation Grant in Fine Arts, “Middle Landscape: A Literary Exploration of Groomed and Caged Nature in North America”


Literary Prize Adjudication  

  • Judge, annual poetry and short fiction prizes, Freefall magazine, Winter 2012
  • Juror, Saskatchewan Book Awards, Anne Szumigalski Award for Poetry, Summer/Fall 2010
  • Judge, John Newlove Award, Bywords magazine, Ottawa, Summer 2009
  • Judge, annual poetry prize, Room magazine, Summer 2007
  • Juror, A.M. Klein Poetry Prize, Québec Writers’ Federation, Summer/Fall 2007
  • Juror, Great Blue Heron Poetry Competition, The Antigonish Review literary journal, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Summer 2004
  • Juror, Archibald Lampman Poetry Prize, Arc Poetry Society, Ottawa, Winter 2004
  • Juror, Ralph Gustafson Poetry Prize, The Fiddlehead literary journal, University of New Brunswick, Winter 2003
  • Juror, (W)rites of Spring poetry contest for high school students, Kingston, Ontario, League of Canadian Poets, Winter 2003
  • Judge, Alfred G. Bailey Award for Poetry, Writers’ Federation of New Brunswick, Winter 2002
  • Juror, Bronwen Wallace Award, The Writers’ Trust of Canada, Winter 2000


Print and Online Reviews of A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth

Review (by Kevin Shaw) on The Bull Calf 2.2, Spring 2012


Review (by Shane Rhodes) in The Malahat Review #178, Spring 2012



Review (by “Inkslinger”) on blog The Overdecorated Bookcase, Friday, 7 October 2011



Review (by Gillian Harding-Russell) in Prairie Fire Review of Books, Vol. 12, No. 1, 2012


Review (by Candace Fertile) in Maple Tree Literary Supplement, Issue #11, January – April 2012


“The Nature of Things”: review (by Abby Page) in Montreal Review of Books (Spring 2012)


Review (by Devin Pacholik) on Global Regina, Morning News, Book Review Club (2 March 2012)


Review (by Devin Pacholik) (2 March 2012)


“Playing with danger”: review (by Quentin Mills-Fenn) in Uptown (Winnipeg) (1 March 2012)


“An  Education” (from A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth) chosen for “Poem of the Month” feature on Montreal Review of Books website (April 2012)

“Familiar and Strange”: review (by Moberley Luger) in Canadian Literature (December 2011)


Review (by Jim Johnstone) in Northern Poetry Review (January 2012)


Listed as one of Carmine Starnino’s Top Ten Poetry Books of 2011


Listed as one of rob mclennan’s Top Eleven (Canadian) Poetry Books of 2011


Review (by John Oughton) on Poetry Quebec site, 17 December 2011


“Verse that turns us inside out”: review (by Barbara Carey) in The Toronto Star, 18 October 2011

“Collections take a hard look at Canadian history, nature”: review (by Bill Robertson) in the StarPhoenix (Saskatoon), 25 November 2011


Review (by Heather Craig) in the Telegraph-Journal (New Brunswick), 15 October 2011

http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com/salon/article/1447942 (F6)

Interview on Open Book Toronto, posted September 2011


“Pitch Perfect: Two new poetry collections display virtuosity in technique and tone”: review by Nick Thran in Quill & Quire, issue info http://www.quillandquire.com/reviews/review.cfm?review_id=7446

Review (by Jonathan Ball) in The Winnipeg Free Press, 24 September 2011

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/books/gillian-sze-casts-melancholic-eye-130493443.html# (p. J9)

Review (by Ian Pople) on The Manchester Review website (http://www.themanchesterreview.co.uk/blog.php, 23 September 2011

Review by rob mclennan on rob mclennan’s blog (http://robmclennan.blogspot.com/2011/09/stephanie-bolster-page-from-wonders-of.html), 8 September 2011

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