Stewart Cole is the author of the poetry collections Questions in Bed (Goose Lane, 2012) and the forthcoming Soft Power (Goose Lane, 2019) 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 and animal studies. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in 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 Assistant Professor of English, 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 modern and contemporary British and Irish literatures, poetry writing, and literary criticism, 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
Recent Academic Publications
“Eating Meat against Fascism in Orwell and Auden.” Literature and Meat since 1900, edited by John Miller and Seán McCorry, Palgrave, 2019 (book chapter forthcoming).
“The Animal Novel as Biopolitical Critique: Henry Williamson’s Tarka the Otter.” (article forthcoming in ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, 2019).
“‘The True Struggle’: Orwell and the Specter of the Animal.” LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, vol. 28, no. 4, 2017, pp. 335-53.
Courses for the 2018-2019 Academic Year
- English 358 Postcolonial Literature: Nationalism, Rebellion, and Decolonization in Modern Irish Literature
- English 165 Twentieth-Century British Literature
- English 205 Literature from a Global Perspective (Honors Study-Abroad Program in London and Paris)
- English 306 Advanced Poetry Writing
- Honors 475 Senior Seminar: Animals, Human and Nonhuman
- English 294 Literary Landscapes (Study-Abroad Program in Ireland)