by George J. Dance


Stephen Scobie. Courtesy the Scottish Poetry Library.

Stephen Scobie (born December 31, 1943) is a Scottish-born Canadian poet, literary critic, and academic.[1]


Scobie was born in Carnoustie, Scotland.[1]

He earned an Master of Arts from the University of St. Andrews. Relocating to Canada in 1965, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 1969.[2]

He taught for 10 years at the University of Alberta, and then, until his retirement, at the University of Victoria.[2]

Scobie is a founding editor of Longspoon Press.[1]

Recognition Edit

He won the 1980 Governor General's Award for English language poetry or drama for McAlmon's Chinese Opera, and the 1986 Prix Gabrielle Roy. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1995.[3]

Publications Edit


  • Babylondromat: Poems. Vancouver, BC: Hairy Eagle Press, 1966.
  • Below Zero. Vancouver, BC: privately printed, [1968?].
  • One Word Poems. Vancouver, BC: Lighthouse Press, 1969.
  • In the Silence of the Year. Montreal: Delta Canada, 1971.
  • Stone Poems: Poems 1967-1969. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1973.
  • The Birken Tree. Edmonton, AB: Tree Frog, 1973.
  • The Rooms We Are: Poems 1970-1971. Victoria, BC: Sono Nis Press, 1974.
  • Air Loom. Toronto: Seripress, 1975.
  • Airwaves, Sealevel, Landlock. Toronto: Seripress, 1978.
  • Les toiles non peur de rien: Poems on painting. Edmonton, AB: Hairy Eagle Press, 1979.
  • Dumb Animals. League of Canadian Poets, 1980.
  • McAlmon's Chinese Opera. Dunvegan, ON: Quadrant Editions, 1980.
  • A Grand Memory for Forgetting. Edmonton, AB: Longspoon Press, 1981.
  • The Pirates of Pen's Chance (with Douglas Barbour). Toronto: Coach House, 1981.
  • Rain. Vancouver, BC: Slug Press, 1982.
  • Expecting Rain: New poems. Lantzville, BC: Oolichan Books, 1984.
  • The Ballad of Isabel Gunn. Kingston, ON: Quarry Press, 1987.
  • Dunino. Montreal: Signal Editions, 1989.
  • Remains. Red Deer, AB: Red Deer Press, 1990.
  • Gospel: A poem. Red Deer, AB: Red Deer Press, 1994.
  • Willow: Poems. Vancouver BC: Hawthorne Society / Reference West, 1995.
  • Slowly into Autumn. Victoria, BC: 1995.
  • The Spaces in Between: Selected Poems 1965-2001. Edmonton, AB: NeWest Press, 2003.
  • RLS: At the World's End. Victoria, BC: Ekstasis Editions, 2009.
  • At the Limit of Breath: Poems on the films of Jean-Luc Goddard. Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press, 2013.


  • Ian Hamilton Finley's "Homage to Watteau". Edinburgh: Graeme Murray Gallery, 1978.
  • Leonard Cohen. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre (Studies in Canadian Literature), 1978.
  • Sheila Watson and Her Works. Toronto: ECW Press, [1984?]
  • bpNichol: What history teaches. Vancouver, BC: Talonbooks, 1984.
  • Who's Who in the League of Canadian Poets. Toronto: League of Canadian Poets, 1988.
  • Signature Event Cantext: Essays. Edmonton, AB: NeWest Press, 1988.
  • Ghosts: a glossary of the Intertext. Toronto: Wolsak & Wynn, 1990.
  • Alias Bob Dylan. Calgary, AB: Red Deer Press, 1991.
    • revised and expanded as Alias Bob Dylan Revisited. Calgary, AB: Red Deer Press, 2003.
  • Taking the Gate: A journey through Scotland. Red Deer, AB: Red Deer Press, 1996.
  • Earthquakes and Explorations: Language and painting from Cubism to concrete poetry. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.
  • And Forget My Name: A speculative biography of Bob Dylan. Victoria, BC: Ekstasis Editions, 1999.


  • The Maple Laugh Forever: An anthology of comic Canadian poetry. Edmonton, AB: Hurtig, 1981.
  • Andrew Sunaski, The Land They Gave Away: New and selected poems. Edmonton, AB: NeWest Press, 1982.
  • Intricate Preparations: Writing Leonard Cohen. Toronto: ECW Press, 2000.
  • The Measure of Paris. Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press, 2010.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[4]

See alsoEdit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Shirley Neuman, Stephen Scobie, Canadian Encyclopedia (Edmonton: Hurtig, 1984), 1959. Print.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Stephen Scobie, Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (Oxford University Press, 2000). Web, June 7, 2013.
  3. Stephen Scobie (b. 1943), Scottish Poetry Library. Web, June 7, 2013.
  4. Search results = au:Stephen Scobie, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, June 7, 2013.

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