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Steven Heighton Bands, Artists & Musicians

Update: Steven Heighton died, of cancer, on April 19, 2022 at the age of 60.


Now based in Kingston, Steven Heighton began his creative life as an aspiring songwriter, in high school in Toronto. He kept at it into his early twenties, busking his way around Australia and Europe, playing a few small gigs, but before long he was devoting himself to writing books—poetry, at first, his lyrics morphing and learning to accompany themselves, to make their own music, as the words of a poem must do. Soon he was producing books of short stories, then novels, and then the rest. A long apprenticeship.

Steven Heighton’s songs and voice truly resonate with me. They give me a sort of ‘Where have you been all my life?’ feeling.
~ Ron Sexsmith

Steven Heighton’s debut album, The Devil’s Share (Wolfe Island Records/CRS Europe), follows eighteen books—poetry, fiction, and essays—including the 2016 Governor General’s Award-winning The Waking Comes Late and his novel Afterlands, which was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a best-of-year selection in several countries, and is (as of late 2021) in pre-production for film. Two of his other novels have also been optioned for film. His work, translated into twelve languages, has received four gold National Magazine Awards and appeared in Granta, The New York Times, Best English Stories, Best American Poetry, Best American Mystery Stories and five editions of Best Canadian Stories.

A stunning debut . . . fusing the maturity of a veteran poet’s work with the luscious tones and textures of a musical savant . . . The Devil’s Share is a masterpiece.
~ Thrive Global


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