Ontario author Steven Heighton, who brought a poet’s sensitivity to global issues, has died.
The Kingston, Ontario writer was 60 years old.
Biblioasis, which has published some of his books, confirmed the news in a statement.
Heighton’s writing ranged from poetry to novels to non-fiction.
In 2016, her collection of poetry “The Waking Comes Late” won the Governor General’s Literary Award.
Its publisher House of Anansi Press described the poems as a collection that defies “the limits of sleep and even death”.
More recently, Heighton published “Reaching Mithymna: Among the Volunteers & Refugees On Lesvos”, a non-fiction work chronicling the arrival of Syrian refugees in Greece.
Dan Wells, editor of Biblioasis, said Wednesday that news of Heighton’s death had come as a surprise, despite knowing the author was ill.
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 20, 2022.
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