• Biography

    Deborah Stiles was born and raised in Appalachia, in West Virginia, but found herself moving northward in 1988. A graduate of the University of Maine's M.A. in Creative Writing in 1990 with the thesis No Curtains on These Windows (a collection of short stories), she has published poems, short stories, agriculture and cooking articles, and scholarly articles in a wide variety of journals in Canada and the U.S.

    In 2002, BrickHouse Books (Baltimore, Maryland), published her book-length poem, Movement Catalogued; in 1991, Northern LightsPress (Orono, Maine) published her poetry collection, Riding Limestone. She has completed two additional poetry manuscripts, whose poems have appeared in The Fiddlehead, The Carleton Arts Review, To, Kennebec, Zymergy, Nashwaak Review, Pottersfield Portfolio, and elsewhere. In 1997, after living in Fredericton, NB for three years, she applied for landed immigrant status and also completed her Ph.D. (University of Maine, History) with a doctoral thesis on the Fredericton-based-but rurally-oriented poet and newspaper editor, Martin Butler (1857-1915). Currently, she is working on several projects, including a novel and also the revision of her thesis on Martin Butler. In January 2004, she became a Canadian citizen.

    An Associate Professor in Humanities at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, and a part-time farmer, Stiles enjoys teaching history, writing and literature courses and sharing her love of the natural world, agriculture, and rural society that is an integral part of her creative work.

     

    Publications
      Books
      • Movement Catalogued. BrickHouse Books (Baltimore, Maryland), 2002. ISBN 0-932616-70-4.

      • Riding Limestone. Northern Lights Press (Orono, Maine) 1991. ISBN 1-88081-101-4.

    • Essays and Articles
      • 'The Dragon of Imperialism': Martin Butler, Butler's Journal, the Canadian Democrat, and Anti-Imperialism, 1899-1902. Canadian Historical Review 85, 3 (September 2004): 481-505.

      • 'The Gender and Class Dimensions of a Rural Childhood': Martin Butler in New Brunswick, 1857-1871. Acadiensis XXXlll, 1 (Fall 2003): 73-86.

      • 'Of the people in the country': Rural Radicalism, Martin Butler, and Butler's Journal, 1890-1915. (Truro, NS: Proc., Sixth Annual Colloquium of the Rural Research Centre, K.B. Beesley and D. Ramsey, eds., Nova Scotia Agricultural College, 1999) 1-12.

      • Masculinity, Martin Butler, and the North American Sole Leather Tanning Industry: 1971-1890. Labour/Le Travail 42 (Fall 1998) 85-114.

      • 'An Inner and Outer Peace': A Tribute to Petra Kelly (1947-1992). Maine Peace Action Committee Newsletter (March 1993) 2-3.

      • Buckwheat - History - and The Bouchard Family Farm. Le Forum 16.4 (1989): 27.

    • Short Fiction
      • "When Love Steers the Stars - and We Don't Look Away," The Gaspereau Review 4 (Summer 1998) 35-39.

      • "Short Story," Whetstone (April/May 1991): 7.

      • "Sunday Morning Execution," Frost Heaves 1 (Winter 1990): 6-7.

    • Poetry
      • "Shared Sentiment on Melville", The Antigonish Review 134 (Summer 2003):125

      • "that before/after read." The Writing Space Journal 9.1 (Spring 2002): 5-6.

      • "the mark(er) is permanent ." The Writing Space Journal 9.1 (Spring 2002): 7.

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      • "technological possibilities." The Writing Space Journal 9.1 (Spring 2002): 17.

      • "pms poem," Fireweed 62 (Summer 1998): 25.

      • "Non-hypocrite Women," Fiddlehead 194 (Winter 1997): 78.

      • "Separate Spheres," Fiddlehead 194 (Winter, 1997): 76-77

      • "poem from 20-mai," Yield 1.3 (Winter, 1997): 15.

      • "Boxes: for K.S.," Carleton Arts Review (Winter 1997): 27.

      • "The Return," Nashwaak Review 2.2 (Fall 1996): 121.

      • "Those Memorials: January 1991," Nashwaak Review 2.2 (Fall 1996): 120.

      • "Hair: Not a Musical," Nashwaak Review 2.2 (Fall 1996): 119.

      • "Emperor Penguins," Nashwaak Review 2.2 (Fall 1996): 118.

      • "This is What Swimming is," Nashwaak Review 2.2 (Fall 1996): 117.

      • "The Rules for Elevators," Potterfield Portfolio 16.1 (Fall 1995): 71-72.

      • "For Those Who Nurse the Vision," Grab-a-Nickel (Fall 1994).

      • "Hold Fast," To 1.2-(Spring 1993): 93-98.

      • "A Minute Reflection on Women's General Aversion to War," MPAC (March 1993): 16.

      • "The Poet Dreams of Sterility -- And of War: The U.S. Invasion of Iraq, 1991," MPAC (March 1993): 16.

      • "Her Heart Beats," Grab-A-Nickel (Spring 1992).

      • "Burninghouse," Grab-A-Nickel (Spring 1992).

      • "Geist," Kennebec 16 (1992): 54.

      • "The Child Tentacles," Chants 4 (Spring 1992): 35.

      • "Our Fathers," Zymergy (Spring 1991): 28.

      • "A Visit to Arlinka's House," Zymergy (Spring 1991): 26-28.

      • "Reality to Reason," Whetstone (March 1991).

      • "The Waiting," Lincoln News (January 1991).

      • "Movie Kisses," Kennebec 15 (1991).

      • "Tenacious," Chants 2 (Spring 1990): 24.

      • "A Wish: Before the Fire," Chants 2 (Spring 1990): 23.

      • "Montréal, Again," The Maine Review (1990): 40.

      • "Scene from the University Farm," The Maine Review (1990): 50.

      • "Mother," The Maine Review (1989): 15.

      • "Old Wool," Kennebec 14 (1990): 20.

      • "Scent," The Puckerbrush Review 9.2 (Summer 1990): 11.

      • "At the Fair," The Puckerbrush Review 9.2 (Summer 1990): 11.

      • "A Drive from St. Agathe," Le F.A.R.O.G. Forum 16.4 (1989): 28.

      • "Mid-February Down-Side," The Maine Review (1989): 32.

      • "Mnemonic," The Maine Review (1989): 15.

      • "Visitation," Chants 1 (1989): 13.

      • "Milk," Le F.A.R.O.G. Forum 16.3 (1988): 21.

      • "Sleep: In the House on Eighth Avenue," Potato Eyes 2 (1988): 70.

      • "Subliminal Prejudice," MsQuotes (1988): 2.

      • "Old Man," Wind Magazine 17.60 (1987): 35.