Richard Stevenson

Baykok, poetry, Issue 37, December 1, 2016

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
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.