Steven Heighton’s most recent books are the novel The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep and the 2016 Governor General’s Award winner (poetry), The Waking Comes Late. His novel Afterlands appeared in six countries; was a New York Times Book Review editors’ choice; and was cited on best-of-year lists in ten publications in Canada, the USA, and the UK. His stories and poetry have received four gold National Magazine Awards and have appeared in London Review of Books, Best English Stories, Best American Poetry, Best American Mystery Stories, Zoetrope, Tin House, Poetry, Brick, the New England Review, TLR, Agni, and Best Canadian Stories. He has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Award, and Britain’s W.H. Smith Award, and is a fiction reviewer for the New York Times Book Review.
Heighton has also been active as a teacher, editor, and mentor. He was the 2013 Mordecai Richler Writer-in-Residence at McGill University and was Queen’s University’s writer-in-residence for fall 2014. He has also been writer-in-residence at Massey College; Concordia University; the University of Ottawa; St Mary’s University; RMC; and McArthur College. He has led classes in fiction and poetry at the Summer Literary Seminars in St Petersburg, Russia; the Banff Centre; the Sage Hill Writing Experience, Green College, UBC; and at other workshops in Kingston, Winnipeg, Toronto, Whitehorse, Fernie, Montreal, Fredericton, Charlottetown, and Edmonton.