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John Steffler

John Steffler

From 2006 to 2008, John Steffler served as the Poet Laureate of Canada. Though he was born and educated in Ontario, Steffler spent many years in Corner Brook, NL, as a professor of English at Wilfred Grenfell College.

He has published six books of poetry, the most recent being 2010’s Lookout (McClelland & Stewart), which was shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize in 2011. His first novel, The Afterlife of George Cartwright (McClelland & Stewart, 1993) won both the Thomas Raddall Award and the Smithbooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award, and was also shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award and the Commonwealth Prize for Best First Book. He has also published a children’s book, The Flights of Magic (Press Porcepic, 1987).

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