Steven Heighton is a poet and fiction writer. His first novel was the critically acclaimed bestseller The Shadow Boxer, which went on to be published in five countries. His second novel, Afterlands, was a New York Times Book Review Editor's Choice. His work has been translated into nine languages, has appeared in Poetry, Brick, The Independent, Malahat Review, The New York Times, Agni, Stand and Revue Europe, has been internationally anthologised (Best English Stories, Best of Best English Stories, The Minerva Book of Stories and others) and has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Journey Prize, and Britain’s W.H. Smith Award. He has received the Lampert Award, The Petra Kenney Prize, the Air Canada Award, gold medals for fiction and for poetry in the National Magazine Awards, the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in the Literature category (2010), and most recently the 2011 P. K. Page Founders’ Award for Poetry. His short story collections include Flight Paths of the Emperor (Trillium award finalist) and On earth as it is.
Steven's new collection of short stories is forthcoming from Knopf Canada in 2011. One of the stories won gold at the 2010 National Magazine Awards.
He lives in Kingston, Ontario.
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