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The Waking Comes Late

Jury Statement

Steven Heighton’s The Waking Comes Late is a journey deepening as we read. He locates the complexities of the personal in a wide range of social issues, while playing masterfully with language, form and tone. His stunning political poems never descend to pedantry or the prosaic. A mature work: smart, moving, inventive, original.


The Waking Comes Late

By Steven Heighton

  • Book Details
  • Published by House of Anansi Press; distributed by University of Toronto Press
  • ISBN: 978-1-4870-0093-6
Steven Heighton

Steven Heighton

Photo: Monique de St. Croix

Who is Steven Heighton?

Steven Heighton wins his first Governor General’s Literary Award in 2016 for his fifth poetry collection, The Waking Comes Late. His first collection, Stalin’s Carnival (1990), won a Gerald Lampert Memorial Award and The Ecstasy of Skeptics (1995) was a GG Books finalist. His novel Afterlands, which is now being adapted for film, was cited on best-of-year lists in 10 publications in Canada and abroad. His work has been translated in nine languages, has received four gold National Magazine Awards and has appeared in numerous periodicals and editions of Best Canadian Stories. His new novel The Nightingale Won’t Let You Sleep will appear in 2017. Steven Heighton is also a fiction reviewer for the New York Times Book Review. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.