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David Stymeist

Degrees:B.A., M.A. (University of Manitoba), Ph.D. (Queen’s University)
Office:1819 Dunton Tower

Research Interests

  • Creative Writing (Poetry)
  • The literature, ideas, and culture of the 16th and 17th centuries
  • Crime Writing
  • Digital Humanities

David Stymeist’s debut poetry collection, The Bone Weir, was published by Frontenac House in 2016 and was shortlisted for the Canadian Author’s Association award for Poetry. His poems have appeared in numerous magazines, including The Antigonish Review, Prairie Fire, Dalhousie Review, and The Fiddlehead.

He teaches Creative Writing, Renaissance Literature, Crime Fiction, Digital Humanities and Aboriginal Literature at Carleton University. David Stymeist’s critical essays and reviews have appeared in many journals, such as Studies in English Literature, Essays in Renaissance Culture, Mosaic, and College Teaching.

He grew up as a non-indigenous member of a mixed family on O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation, is the editor and founder of the micro-press, Textualis, and is the current president of VERSe Ottawa, which runs VerseFest, Ottawa’s annual poetry festival.

Creative Publications
The Bone Weir. Frontenac House Press, 2016. (Poetry)

Creative Awards

  • Shortlist, Canadian Author’s Association award for Poetry, 2016.
  • Shortlist, Vallum Award for Poetry, 2015.

Academic Awards

  • Carleton Teaching Award, 2011.
  • Research Achievement Award, RDC, 2008.

Academic Publications

“Students Teaching Texts to Students: Integrating LdL and Digital Archives.” College Teaching 63.2 (2015): 46-51.

“Anxiety Fiction: Domestic Poisoning in Early Modern News, Arden of Faversham, and Hamlet.” Essays in Renaissance Culture 41 (2015): 30-55.

“Criminal Biography in Early Modern Crime Pamphlets. “Taking Exception to the Law: Materializing Injustice in Early Modern English Literature, eds. Don Beecher, Travis DeCook, Andrew Wallace, and Grant Williams. Toronto: U of Toronto Press, 2014.

“Fortune, that arrant whore, ne’er turns the key to th’ poor”: Vagrancy, Old Age, and the Theatre in Shakespeare’s King Lear. Cahiers Elizabethains 71 (2007): 37-47.

Status, Sodomy, and Persecution in Marlowe’s Edward II. Studies in English Literature 44.2 (2004): 1-22.

Female Criminality in Henry Goodcole’s Murder Pamphlets. Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 36 (2003): 31-48.

“Must I be Made a Common Sink”: Witchcraft and the Theatre in The Witch of Edmonton. Renaissance & Reformation 25.2 (2001): 33-53.

“Strange Wives”: Pocahontas in Early Modern Colonial Advertisement. Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 35.3 (2002): 109-26.