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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

D.S. Stymeist’s debut collection, The Bone Weir, was published by Frontenac Press and was a finalist for the Canadian Author’s Association Award for Poetry. His next collection, Cluster Flux, will appear in 2023 also with Frontenac. He continues to publish widely in both academic and literary magazines including Canadian Literature, The Antigonish Review, Prairie Fire, and The Fiddlehead. Alongside fending off Crohn’s disease, he teaches creative writing, crime fiction, and Renaissance literature at Carleton University. He grew up as a non-indigenous member of a mixed heritage family on O-Pipon-Na-Piwin Cree Nation; these formative cultural experiences continue to guide and shape his identity. As former president of VERSe Ottawa, he helped organize VERSeFest, Ottawa’s international poetry festival as well as manage the city of Ottawa’s Poet Laureate program.

Creative Publications

  • Cluster Flux. Frontenac House Press, 2023. (Poetry)
  • 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.
  • Honourable Mention, Freefall Award for Poetry, 2022.
  • Shortlist, Freefall Award for Poetry, 2018.

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.