Stewart Cole is a literary scholar working at the intersections of ecocriticism, animal studies, utopian/dystopian studies, and modern British and Irish literatures. His book The Poetics of Utopia: Shadows of Futurity in Yeats and Auden was published by Bloomsbury in the spring of 2023. His articles and chapters have appeared in Studies in the Novel, ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment, LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory, Twentieth-Century Literature, Studies in Canadian Literature, the collection Literature and Meat since 1900, and The Edinburgh Companion to Vegan Literary Studies.

He is also 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 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, animal studies, 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.


"The voice in Stewart Cole's Soft Power is like an animal turning circles in high grass, prepping the ground prior to bedding down. Agitated, aware, and nowhere at home, these poems know why they're adrift, uprooted, abandoned to a transient language of visitor, caretaker, scribe, and witness."

- Ken Babstock

"Soft Power is an ars inveniendi, an 'undirected love' for the world that refuses the falsifying aspirational ubiquity of late capitalism in favour of a mutual mediation between subject and object. With a critical eye growing weary of 'needing to be useful' and sensing 'what is is more than what's here,' this restless, wry rumination has no expectations, leaving readers to wonder if they're alive in the same negatively capable way. Stewart Cole's poetry is a kind of doubt, still in search for what might humanize us in a barbaric age."

- Nyla Matuk

Read an interview with Stewart about the book at EVENT magazine.

Read "Horse in Void" and an essay about the poem's genesis written for National Poetry Month.

Hear Stewart read an excerpt from his poem "Mobcast" ("Now we can help / Just by watching...")

Courses for the 2022-23 Academic Year


Fall 2022

  • English 381 Foundations of Literary Criticism
  • Environmental Studies 282 Environmental Humanities
  • English 205 Literature from a Global Perspective (Honors Study-Abroad Program in Paris - January 2023)




Spring 2023

  • English / Environmental Studies 360 Literary Animal Studies
  • Environmental Studies 282 Environmental Humanities
  • Environmental Studies 103 Honors Introduction to Environmental Studies




Stewart can be reached at coles@uwosh.edu (institutional) or stewartjcole@gmail.com (personal).

You will not find him on Facebook.