Book Launch Dates

Tuesday, October 1st
knife | fork | book

Artscape Youngplace,
180 Shaw St,
Toronto, ON

Wednesday, October 2nd
Octopus Books

116 Third Ave
Ottawa, ON

Thursday, October 3rd
Snack N' Blues

5260 St Laurent Blvd
Montreal, QC

Friday, October 4th
Pre-Poetry Weekend House Party

76 Waterloo Row
Fredericton, NB
7:00 pm

Wednesday, October 10th
Fox Cities Book Festival

Lawrence University
Nathan Marsh Pusey Room
711 E. Boldt Way
Appleton, WI


Stewart Cole is the author of the poetry collections Soft Power (Goose Lane, 2019) and Questions in Bed (Goose Lane, 2012) and the chapbooks Alien Freight (Anstruther Press, 2017) and Sirens (Cactus Press, 2011). His work has appeared in many venues, including The Walrus, The Puritan, The Fiddlehead, The Malahat Review, and Riddle Fence.

He is also a literary scholar working at the intersections of modern British and Irish literatures, ecocriticism, and animal studies. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Studies in the Novel, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Twentieth-Century Literature, Studies in Canadian Literature, and the essay collection Literature and Meat since 1900.

He is Associate Professor in the Department of English and the Environmental Studies Program, Affiliated Faculty of the Sustainability Institute for Regional Transformations (SIRT), and Honors College Faculty at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, where he teaches courses in literature and criticism, poetry writing, and the environmental humanities, as well as interdisciplinary Honors seminars and study-abroad programs.

Stewart grew up in the Rideau Valley south of Ottawa and lived in Victoria, Montréal, Fredericton, London (Ontario), and Toronto before moving to the U.S. Midwest. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, an M.A. from the University of New Brunswick, and a B.A. (Honours) from the University of Victoria.




“Negotiating ‘the fragilities that make us go’ and ‘the doubts that shame our dailiness’, Stewart Cole coaxes his dissatisfaction into abundance, as if he were holding reality by the ankles and shaking the change from its pockets. This heap of detail, gathered by an attentive mind, is then generously scrutinized and shared. Curious and sensual, Questions in Bed is a book rich with memorable phrases and new ways of seeing.”

- David O’Meara

“Questions in Bed considers its questions with verve, in a clear voice that crackles with surprising word collocations and staccato consonance. The poems that spring from this music are much more a singing in their chains than a pointing to the chains themselves."

- A.F. Moritz

“[W]orks that are polished, varied, and often as anxious as the last moments in bed one might spend before embarking on a day of the unknown. . . . Cole draws our attention to the distance we insist on maintaining between the natural and biological realities from which we spring and the hectic created world in which we wander. . . . There is little peace in these poems, but much sharp-edged, knowing loveliness. Read it in bed; see what your dreams will dare to do with it.”

- Arc Poetry Magazine

Courses for the 2019-20 Academic Year


Fall 2019

  • English 381 Foundations of Literary Criticism
  • English 165 Twentieth-Century British Literature
  • Honors 275 Culture Connection
  • English 205 Literature from a Global Perspective (Honors Study-Abroad Program in London and Paris)




Spring 2020

  • English 392 / Environmental Studies 390: Dystopian Visions in Fiction and Film
  • Honors 475 Senior Seminar: Animals, Human and Nonhuman
  • English 294 Literary Landscapes (Study-Abroad Program in Ireland)




Stewart can be reached at (institutional) or (personal).

You will not find him on Facebook.