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Richard Stevenson

Baykok, poetry, Issue 37, December 1, 2016

Richard Stevenson was born in Victoria, B.C., in 1952 and has lived in western Canada and Nigeria. A college English teacher by profession, he has taught English, Canadian and African literature, Business Communication, Creative and Technical Writing, E.S.L., and humanities courses in high schools and colleges. A former Editor-in-Chief of Prism international, he has served in various editorial, jury, and writing/arts group executive capacities. His own reviews and poems have appeared in hundreds of magazines, anthologies, e-zines, and journals published in Canada, the United States, and overseas. He performed with the jazz/ poetry group Naked Ear and rock music/YA verse troupe Sasquatch, and occasionally puts other ensembles together for book launches and performances and reviews books. He has published 30 books and 9 chapbooks and has individual haiku and tanka published in 18 languages. Richard has just retired after a 30-year stint at Lethbridge College and will be moving to Nanaimo in two years when his wife retires.

Get to know Richard...
Birthday? 4 March 1952
When did you start writing? Grade 10 (When I was 16 :-0)
When and what and where did you first get published? In my high school annual – a poem,  and a comic strip in the high school paper.
What themes do you like to write about? Too many to enumerate, but a partial recent list of concerns would include nature and human nature (In haiku, senryu, tanka, kyoka, zappai, haibun, and haiga – as well as in free verse imagist poems), jazz, serial murder (in a forthcoming long poem sequence), cryptozoology, ufology, and unexplained phenomena.
What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work?  Probably my favourite novel would be To Kill a Mokingbird by Harper Lee, and my favourite book of poetry would be Writings To An Unfinished Accompaniment or The Lice by W.S. Merwin

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