Jeremy Stewart is a writer and musician.

His third book, In Singing, He Composed a Song, was published in Fall 2021 by the University of Calgary Press as part of its Brave & Brilliant series. 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. 

Stewart won the 2014 Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry for Hidden City (Invisible Publishing; judge: Ken Babstock). He is also the author of (flood basement (Caitlin Press 2009). His writing has appeared in Canadian LiteratureGeist, Lemon Hound, Geez, and Open Letteramong other places.

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 considers 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

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 2020, Stewart began offering audio mastering services under the banner of Swan’s Yowl, including several albums for New Texture.

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.

He lives in Vancouver, Canada with his partner and children.

He once dropped a piano off a building.

Praise for In Singing, He Composed a Song:
“Should you read this book you will read that “the sky is never empty, it is always full of sky.” And this is a book that is itself full of sky, of that which is never empty—like the air, radio, song, & what they call madness. It is good, very good, to read such a sky-book.”
John Schad, Professor of Modern Literature, Lancaster University
“Beautiful and stark, Jeremy Stewart explores the cruelty of institution, the kindness of gesture, and the threadbare armour of memory. His conflicted and conflicting voices come together in a drop D chorus that is heavy, dissonant, and true.”
Greg Rhyno, author of To Me You Seem Giant
“Jeremy Stewart’s In Singing, He Composed a Song dares to bring the unspeakable to the page through psychiatric records, photographs, and transcripts to craft a genre-breaking docu-poetic response to friendship, suicide, and masculinity.”
Shazia Hafiz Ramji, author of Port of Being

“Jeremy Stewart beautifully captures the angst-ridden annals of high school and the intersections of regret and anxiety that make phantasms out of time. This book is a deft investigation, one that looks at self-annihilation with a raw conscientiousness that captures the pain of creation.”

Marc Herman Lynch, author of Arborescent

Other praise:
“With a near-perfect blend of the concrete and the ‘poetic’, Jeremy Stewart sets himself apart from the Canadian poetry pack. Though he’s just as comfortable with the natural and the ethereal, almost no one writes ‘city’ as well as he does. Narratives of city appeal to me like mad, and he has found his way into this realm with innovation, heart, and craft.”

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