stephanie roberts is a prize-winning poet whose forthcoming poetry collection rushes from the river disappointment will be released with McGill-Queen’s University Press in May 2020.
Widely published, her work has been featured, or is forthcoming, in numerous periodicals and anthologies, in Canada, the U.S., and Europe, including POETRY Magazine, Atlanta Review, Verse Daily, Quiddity, Shenandoah, Crannóg Magazine (Ireland) Burning House Press (UK), The New Quarterly (Canada), Arc Poetry Magazine, Reunion: The Dallas Review, Arcturus, The Maine Review, Room (Canada), L’Éphémère Review, Writers Resist, and Sky Island Journal, to name several.
In 2018, she was selected as the first place recipient in the inaugural anthology The Sixty-Four: Best Poets of 2018 by Black Mountain Press after several nominations for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net.
Born in Central America, stephanie grew up from the age of two to eight, as an undocumented immigrant, in Brooklyn, NY. She attended New York University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. For a few years thereafter, she worked in a number of New York City department stores.
After growing disillusioned with the grind of retailing, she took a sabbatical, undertaking biblical studies for a year, subsequently receiving a diploma with high honors.
She eventually emigrated to Canada where she lived in and around Montréal before settling, as a citizen, in a small picturesque town in the Beauharnois region of Québec.
In 2001, she began pursuing an education in the craft of writing. She wrote essays and poetry and had a short essay published in the Montréal Gazette. She attended her first writing conference in 2002. In 2005, she took an intensive writing workshop with the poet Di Brandt. In 2008, through the Quebec Writer’s Federation, she attended an eight week short fiction writing class with author Jon Paul Fiorentino. In 2010, she was selected to participate in a poetry master class, sponsored by the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival in Montréal, with Pulitzer Prize winning poet Professor Paul Muldoon.
In 2013, she self-published As We Are a collection of short fiction exploring varying aspects of love and loss. Her first self-published poetry collection The Melting Potential of Fire is part travel journal, part love letter, set against extensive travel through southern Italy and Tuscany.
About her journey, the author says this:
One of my earliest stories made someone cry and I think that moment was the moment I had the beginnings of an understanding of what it was to be a writer.
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