Sheila Stewart is passionate about writing, teaching, and learning. Author of two poetry collections, The Shape of a Throat and A Hat to Stop a Train, Sheila has been writing and publishing poetry since the early 1990s. She co-edited the anthology, The Art of Poetic Inquiry. Sheila’s writing has been recognized by such awards as the gritLIT Contest, the Pottersfield Portfolio Short Poem Contest, the Dan Sullivan Memorial Prize, and the Scarborough Arts Council Windows on Words Award. Her work has been published in The Antigonish Review, Contemporary Verse 2, Descant, Grain, Literary Review of Canada, The Malahat Review, New Quarterly, Room, Tessera, Toronto Quarterly, other journals and many anthologies in Canada, Ireland, and the United States.
Sheila teaches at the New College Writing Centre and the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. She coordinates New College’s Writing Room, a drop-in for students who are working on their essays. Previously she taught in Equity Studies and Community-Engaged Learning. Her PhD is from the Department of Leadership, Higher, and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). Her early teaching includes English and English as a Foreign Language in Tripoli, Libya and Ndzevane Refugee Settlement, Swaziland. She worked at Parkdale Project Read, a community-based adult literacy program, for many years, and coordinated the Festival of Literacies at OISE/UT. She has done adult literacy research and research on the effect of trauma on learning. She is interested in arts-based approaches to research.