Jeremy Stewart is a writer and musician.

His third book, In Singing, He Composed a Song, is forthcoming in Fall 2021 from the University of Calgary Press as part of its Brave & Brilliant series. In Singing, He Composed a Song is a formally experimental novel 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 an Associate Lecturer in Creative Writing and a PhD student of English Literature at Lancaster University, UK, 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 private tutorials with Professors Terry Eagleton, Paul Muldoon, and Benoît Peeters. He was also a workshop participant in the Five Bodies series, jointly organized by the Nottingham Trent University 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, Eldritch Priest, and many others. He has recently begun offering audio mastering services under the banner of Swan’s Yowl.

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.

“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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