Carol A. Stephen


85 Crampton Drive
Carleton Place, ON K7C4P8

Author's Bio

I’m an eclectic poet. I write lyric one day and found poems the next. I am always fondest of the poem I just wrote. I began writing on a manual green Olivetti typewriter, but I don’t miss having poems flavoured with correction fluid and cross-outs. I have three chapbooks in print, most recently Ink Dogs in my Shoes, 2014, from Nose In Book Publishing. Previous chapbooks: Above the Hum of Yellow Jackets, 2011 Architectural Variations, 2012 Since 2014, I've been collaborating with fellow poet, JC Sulzenko, on 2 chapbooks of co-written poems, Breathing Mutable Air 2015 and Slant of Light, 2016, both from Nose In Book Publishing. We're working on a full collection of ekphrastic poems. In 2019, Crowe Creations published my non-fiction book, Winning the Lottery, a combination of essays and poems about surviving C. Difficile, and adjusting to life with an ostomy.

I’ve served on the Boards of Canadian Authors Association, National Capital Region (Ottawa) and Tree Reading Series (Ottawa). I’m a former Board member for Arts Carleton Place. Blog site:

Publications & Prizes

Secrets and Dreams (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2016)
Objects in the Rear View Mirror (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2015)
Purrfect Poetry (Lost Tower Publications, 2014)
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With Painted Words
Prizes won: 

3rd Prize CAA 2012 National Capital Writing Contest for Walking in Thomson's Red Sumac Hot Ottawa Voice, Tree reading Series, 2012 Honourable Mentions: VERSeFest, Poetry for the End of the World, 2012, CAA 2008 and 2011 National Capital Writing Contest

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Lorna Crozier, Mary Oliver, Robert Bly, William Stafford, Robert Pinsky, Don Domanski, Barry Dempster.
What I'm reading now: 
Best Canadian Poetry in English, 2019 by Rob Taylor Editor, Dumpty by John Lithgow, The Dawning Moon of the Mind by Susan Brind Morrow, The Quotations of Bone by Norman Dubie

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Toronto, ON
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Toronto, ON
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Last update: Jan 02, 2020