by George J. Dance


Stephanie Bolster. Courtesy Concordia University.

Stephanie Bolster (born 1969) is a Canadian poet and academic.[1]


Bolster was born in Burnaby, British Columbia.[2]

She earned a B.F.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of British Columbia (UBC).[3]

She lives in Montreal, Quebec, and is a professor of creative writing at Concordia University.[4] She was at one point writer in residence at York House School.[5]


Her poetry has received the Norma Epstein Award (1993), the Bronwen Wallace Award (1996), The Malahat Review Long Poem Prize (1997), Contemporary Verse 2’s poetry competition (1997), the Governor General’s Award (1998, for White Stone), the Gerald Lampert Award (1998, for White Stone), Mother Tongue Press’ Poetry Chapbook Competition (1998), the Archibald Lampman Award (1999, for Pavilion), and The Antigonish Review’s Great Blue Heron Poetry Competition (2003), and has been nominated for the Trillium Award (1999) and the Pat Lowther Award (1998 and 2012).[4]



  • Three Bloody Words (chapbook). Maxville, ON: above/ground press, 1996.
  • Inside A Tent of Skin: 9 poems from the National Gallery of Ottawa (chapbook). Salt Spring Island, BC: (m)Other Tongue Press, 1998. ISBN 1-896949-08-8
  • Portraits of Alice (chapbook). Battered Silicon Dispatch Box, for the Lewis Carroll Society of Canada, 1998. ISBN 1-55246-039-8
  • White Stone: The Alice Poems. Montreal: Signal Editions, 1998.
  • Two Bowls of Milk. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 1999. ISBN 0-7710-1557-7
  • Pavilion: Poems. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2002. ISBN 978-0-7710-1558-8
  • Past the Roman Arena and the Cedar of Lebanon (chapbook). Montréal: Delirium Press, 2006.[4]
  • Biodôme (chapbook). Ottawa: above/ground press, 2006.[4]
  • Night Zoo. Toronto: above/ground press, 2009.
  • A Page From the Wonders of Life on Earth. London, ON: Brick Books, 2011.


  • Sexual Disorientations: Sexual identity and gender expression in the writing life (contributor). Toronto: Feminist Caucus of the League of Canadian Poets, 1998.


  • Diana Brebner, The Ishtar Gate: Last and selected poems. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005.
  • Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2008. Tightrope Books, 2008.
  • Penned: Zoo Poems (edited with Katia Grubisic & Simon Reader). Montreal: Vehicule Press, 2009.


Stephanie Bolster, Poetry

Stephanie Bolster, Poetry

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[7]

TPV Spring 2012 Stephanie Bolster "Vacation"

TPV Spring 2012 Stephanie Bolster "Vacation"

Audio / videoEdit

  • Stephanie Bolster (DVD). Toronto: TickleScratch Productions, 2004.[7]

See alsoEdit


Notes Edit

  1. Roberts, Neil, editor, A Companion to Twentieth-century Poetry, Blackwell Publishing, 2003, 315. ISBN 978-1-4051-1361-8. Google Books, Web, Jan. 3, 2009.
  2. Stephanie Bolster 197?-, Canadian Women Poets, Brock University,, Web, June 30, 2012.
  3. Jacob McArthur Mooney, Stephanie Bolster, Canadian Encyclopedia, Historica Canada, November 15, 2012. Web, Mar. 28, 2017.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Stephanie Bolster], Department of English, Concordia University, Web, June 30, 2012.
  5. Stephanie Bolster," Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, Web, June 30, 2012.
  6. Stephanie Bolster: Publications, Canadian Poetry Online, University of Toronto Libraries,, Web, June 30, 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Search results = au:Stephanie Bolster, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Mar. 28, 2017.

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