Monday, February 04, 2008

Vancouver Sun Article on John Steffler

How a Poet Laureate Leaves His Mark

Rebecca Wigod, Vancouver Sun
Published: Saturday, February 02, 2008

Halfway into his two-year term as Parliamentary poet laureate, John Steffler is having a hard time composing poems, since making public appearances and leaving some kind of legacy are major parts of the job.

On the phone from the countryside near Perth, Ont., the writer known mainly for his evocations of the landscape of Newfoundland and Labrador said: "Since the new year, I've been kind of hiding out here, trying to get a new collection of poems together."

Steffler, 60, grew up on a farm in Markham County, north of Toronto. He spent three decades in Cornerbrook, Nfld., before moving to Montreal...

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The unabridged audio edition of The Grey Islands by John Steffler (narrated by John Steffler, Frank Holden, Janis Spence, Deidre Gillard-Rowlings and Darryl Hopkins) is available from