New York Quarterly

Poetry in Voice

stephanie roberts is a prize-winning poet and author of the poetry collection rushes from the river disappointment  (McGill-Queen’s University Press May 2020), a finalist for the 2020 A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Her accomplishments include a juried selection to be a writer-in-residence at Dentro la Terra, in Arielli, Abruzzo, Italy, selection by CBC Books to serve as a reader in the 2021 CBC Poetry Prize, features at VerseFest in Ottawa, great weather for MEDIA in NYC, a televised appearance with Writers Unbound, as well as being a featured speaker for numerous remote appearances. In spring of 2022 she participated as the poetry mentor with the Quebec Writers’ Federation’s Mentorship program.

She is a 2021 Canada Council of the Arts grant recipient through their Research and Creation component of the Explore and Create program.

Widely published and critically praised, her work has been featured 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 (Canada), Reunion: The Dallas Review, Arcturus, The Maine Review, Room (Canada), and L’Éphémère Review to name several.

In 2018, she was selected as the first place recipient in the 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 ages of two to eight, as an undocumented child, 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.

 About her journey, the author says this:

One of my earliest works 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.

image see stephanie’s online gallery