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Steven McCabe

Steven McCabe

Photo: Alan Bell

Steven McCabe was born in Kansas City, Missouri. At nineteen he emigrated to Canada. He began writing poetry again at the age of forty.


He is the author of four poetry collections, a ‘wordless poem’ comprised of 120 linocut prints, and most recently (2019) a non-fiction prose-poetry memoir.


Between 2009-2013 he directed six cinematic poetry videos collaborating with performance and media creators. In 2020 he co-directed a 32 minute work of experimental animation based on his poetry and digital text-art collage. 


His blog poemimage features poetic voices accompanied by his visual art. He received a Canada Council for the Arts Digital Originals Program grant to create GIFs incorporating text from his book Meme-Noir.






Meme-Noir. Quattro Books, 2019
Never More Together . The Porcupine's Quill , 2014
Hierarchy of Loss. Ekstasis Editions, 2007
Jawbone. Ekstasis Editions , 2005
Radio Picasso . watershedBooks , 1999
Wyatt Earp in Dallas: 1963. Seraphim Editions, 1995
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Presentation Description

My presentation approach is humorous & casual in a storytelling style, yet focused.  The information I present helps the student to conceptualize & imagine and believe the writing project is doable. 

Presentation Length:
50-70 minutes. Extended sessions available.
1.Poetry in a poetic voice. 2.Fiction or non-fiction in poetic prose.
4 - 12
Audience Size:
One classroom ideally unless there is a special event.
Workshop Description:

For ten years + I received Ontario Arts Council Artists in Education juried grants to lead poetry workshops in schools.  During this ten years + I was also a Principal Artist with Learning Through the Arts (Royal Conservatory of Music) delivering curriculum-based lessons as both writer and visual artist. 

My writing workshops for elementary (grades 4-6), middle school, and high school focus on imagination + technique. This focus includes developing images (mood + setting) and the sound of the writing: musicality, rhythm & alliteration. Techniques I describe will present students with new possibilities for self-expression as they develop the writing project. With younger students I express the playful element of non-linear thought inspiring creativity. With older students I share examples from my own work (including my approach to editing) to demonstrate artistic process. 

Learning objectives discussed with the teacher in advance. I often email resource material. My workshops provide the framework for writing activity extended beyond my visit.