Stuart Ross is a writer, editor, and creative-writing instructor, who recently left Toronto for Cobourg, Ontario. He is the Fiction & Poetry Editor for This Magazine and has his own imprint, “a stuart ross book,” with Toronto’s Mansfield Press.
Stuart has given readings at hundreds of venues in Canada, the U.S., England, and Nicaragua. His work has appeared in scores of journals here and in the U.S., including Harper’s, The Walrus, Geist, Rampike, Canadian Forum, Event, West Coast Line, The Capilano Review, Industrial Sabotage, Taddle Creek, and Bomb Threat Checklist.
His poetry collections from ECW Press are The Inspiration Cha-Cha (1996), Farmer Gloomy’s New Hybrid (1999), which was shortlisted for the 2000 Trillium Book Award, Razovsky at Peace (2001), and Hey, Crumbling Balcony! Poems New & Selected (2003). Other poetry titles are I Cut My Finger (Anvil Press, 2007) and Dead Cars in Managua (DC Books, 2008).
Stuart’s fiction includes The Pig Sleeps (with Mark Laba; Contra Mundo Books, 1991), The Mud Game (with Gary Barwin; The Mercury Press, 1995), Henry Kafka and Other Stories (The Mercury Press, 1997), Buying Cigarettes for the Dog (Freehand Books, 2009), which won the 2010 ReLit Award for Short Fiction, and, most recently, the novel Snowball, Dragonfly, Jew (ECW Press).
He is also the author of Confessions of a Small Press Racketeer (Anvil Press, 2005) and the editor of Surreal Estate: 13 Canadian Poets Under the Influence (The Mercury Press, 2004).
Stuart was the 2002 Writer in Residence for the Writers’ Circle of Durham Region, the 2003 Poet in Residence for the Ottawa International Writers’ Festival, the 2005 Electronic Writer in Residence for the Toronto Public Library’s youth website, and the 2010 Writer in Residence at Queen’s University. He has taught writing at the elementary and high-school levels and has led his one-day intensive Poetry Boot Camp across Canada.