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 Literature, Geist, Lemon Hound, Geez, and Open Letter, among other places.
Stewart is a PhD student of English Literature 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.
“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