His third book, In Singing, He Composed a Song, is a formally experimental novella that tells the story of a high school student assaulted by the police and committed to the psychiatric ward (2021, University of Calgary Press, Brave & Brilliant series). It was shortlisted for the 2022 ReLit Award.
Stewart won the 2014 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry for Hidden City (Invisible Publishing). He is also the author of (flood basement (Caitlin Press 2009). His writing has appeared in Canadian Literature, Geist, Lemon Hound, Geez, and Open Letter, among other places.
As a guitarist, singer, improviser, and songwriter, Stewart has toured Canada, sharing stages or collaborating with artists like Oxbow, Lightning Bolt, Geoff Berner, Wax Mannequin, Stanley Jason Zappa, Catherine Sikora, Matt Weston, Harold Klunder, and Eldritch Priest, among many others.
In recognition of his work as founding Artistic Director of Casse-Tête: A Festival of Experimental Music, in 2016, Stewart received the inaugural Barbara Pentland Award of Excellence honouring his “extraordinary contribution to Canadian music” from the Canadian Music Centre.
Stewart is a SSHRC Doctoral Fellow in the English Literature & Creative Writing department at Lancaster University under the supervision of Professor John Schad. His research involves a creative-critical hybrid project that reads Jacques Derrida’s “Envois” (from The Post Card) from the point of view of the Biblical figure of Daniel. In the course of these studies, he has completed one-on-one tutorials with Professors Terry Eagleton, Paul Muldoon, and Benoît Peeters. He is a member of the Critical Poetics Research Group housed at Nottingham Trent University, and was a workshop participant in the 2020-21 Five Bodies series, jointly organized by the Critical Poetics Research Group and the Nottingham Contemporary Gallery.
He lives in Vancouver, Canada with his partner and children.