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In 2001, Jerome Stueart came from Texas to the Yukon Territory on a Fulbright Fellowship.  He  eventually immigrated to Canada in 2007.  His stories have been nominated for an Aurora award and have been runner up to the Speculative Literature Foundation’s Fountain Award.   Booklist called his work, “whimsical;” Nalo Hopkinson called it “wacky and sweet.”  He holds a PhD in English, and is a graduate of the 2007 Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Workshop.   His work has appeared in Fantasy Magazine, Strange Horizons, On Spec and in two Tesseracts anthologies.  His radio series for CBC include a memoir of his birthmother finding him at 30, his 4000 mile immigration road trip, and, most recently, a look at the Yukon 50 years into the future.


How Magnificent is the Universal Donor, (forthcoming) Evolve, Hades Publications, Edge Books, March 2010

Where the Sled Dogs Run, QueerWolf, Queered Fiction, 2009

The Moon Over Tokyo Through Leaves in the Fall, Fantasy magazine, September 2009.

Believing in the Dog What’s Up Yukon?, November 13, 2008.

American Blue at Home, (forthcoming) The Leonardo Variations, ed. Jeff Vandermeer, 2010.

Bear With Me in Tesseracts 11: Canadian Speculative Fiction Anthology, EDGE books, November 2007

Brazos, Strange Horizons, June 2007.

Why the Poets Were Banned from the City, On Spec, Spring 2007

Old Lions, Redivider, Spring 2005

Lemmings in the Third Year Tesseracts 9: Canadian Speculative Fiction Anthology, 2005

Speculative Literature Foundation's Fountain Award, Honorable Mention for "Lemmings in the Third Year" 2005


Radio Series:

Adventures in Science: Kluane Lake Research Station (9 part series) for CBC North about science research being done at a remote research station near Kluane National Park in the Yukon Territory.

Yukon 2058, (5 part series, radio fictional narrative) for CBC North about life in the Yukon fifty years from now. Dec 8-12, 2008.

Leaving America, (7 part memoir series, radio essays) for CBC North about my immigration journey from Texas to the Yukon, Jun 2008

Adopting my Mother, (5-part memoir series, radio essays) CBC North, June 2003

Three Essays for Sept 11th memorial, CBC North Radio Memorial program, Sept.11, 2002



Donning Our Coat, Yukon: North of Ordinary, Fall 2008

Rare Yukon Plants, Yukon: North of Ordinary, Summer 2008.

Portrait of the Artist as a Bear: Jazz, Nietzsche and the Animal Mask.Mosaic, “The Animal II” (March 2007)

Whitman and Teddy Roosevelt: An Unpublished Whitman Manuscript at Sagamore Hill (with Sherry Ceniza and Ed Folsom)Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, Volume 23, 1/2, Summer/Fall 2005.




Nalo Hopkinson
"Lemmings in the Third Year"

Jerome Stueart's wacky, sweet short story Lemmings in the Third Year has received Honourable Mention from this year's Fountain Award jury. Geoff Ryman and I were co-editors for Tesseracts Nine, which is, I believe, the tenth anthology in a series of original Canadian science fiction and fantasy shorts in English. Congratulations, Jerome!

Carl Hays, Booklist
"Lemmings in the Third Year"

Jerome Stueart opens the volume with a whimsical tale about Yukon researchers who discover the polar bears and lemmings around them can not only talk but are researching them.

Library Journal
"Lemmings in the Third Year"

"A stranded research team spends their time in the Arctic interviewing a group of lemmings who, in turn, are studying their predators in Jerome Stueart's eerie Lemmings in the Third Year...

Yet Another Book Review
"Lemmings in the Third Year"

"Lemmings in the Third Year by Jerome Stueart - in which intelligent lemmings are recruited to help in scientific research, into the feeding habits of owls, feeding on lemmings. A tongue-in-cheek story with the immortal line in response to a lemming gleefully postulating the exhilaration of being scooped into an owl's talons: "I underestimate their death wish."... Tesseracts Nine, continues the great Canadian speculative fiction anthology series, with a wonderful mix of stories.... Kudos to both Hopkinson and Ryman, for piecing together a stem-to-stern, satisfying read."

James Schellenberg, Challenging Destiny
"Lemmings in the Third Year"

"Tesseracts 9 starts out with a strong run of stories. The opening story, "Lemmings in the Third Year" by Jerome Stueart is an unusual mix of humour and pathos, handled with a light touch and no shortage of feeling. A small group of scientists has been stranded in an alternate version of the Arctic; in this reality, the animals all speak.... Tesseracts Nine is a solid collection of short sf works ...

Speculative Literature Foundation
"Lemmings in the Third Year"

Jerome Stueart's "Lemmings in the Third Year" is a funny piece about a researcher marooned among talking animals.

Tangent Short Fiction Review
"Why the Poets Were Banned from the City"

When a father finds that his daughter has committed suicide with a line from a poem (by Emily Dickinson) clutched in her hand, he seeks out those writers for revenge. On top of creating an intriguing and disturbing future, the story is full of questions and musings on the nature and power of stories. ...a powerful look at the nature and strength of stories, and of literature in general, both the reading and the writing of it.

Neale Monks,
"Why the Poets Were Banned from the City"

The story explores the idea that without artistic culture to contextualise our emotions, we can't understand them. More specifically, the father of a girl who has killed herself can't understand her suicide note, which consists of a line of poetry. Heady stuff.

Sarah Meador, Rambles: a Cultural Arts Magazine
"Lemmings in the Third Year"

...Jerome Stueart's "Lemmings in the Third Year" manages to be both laugh-out-loud funny and thoughtful, almost painful in this tale of strange talking animals and the scientific method.

Bruce K. Derksen, interview with Shimmer
"Lemmings in the Third Year"

Favorite short story read this year? Lemmings in the Third Year, by Jerome Stueart. Its in the Tesseracts Nine Anthology put out by Edge Books.

The Fix, short fiction review

In Brazos by Jerome Stueart, a god approaches the human narrator with a proposition of marriage between his son, the Brazos River, and the narrators daughter...Most importantly, the author doesnt forget that a story is, first and foremost, meant to entertain; Brazos does that well, too.

Rich Horton, Locus
"Bear With Me" from Tesseracts 11

"One story with a sure 'nuff Canadian setting is Jerome Stueart's "Bear With Me", in which a woman goes to the Yukon to visit her long-distance boyfriend for the first time. And, of course, he's a bear a real bear, at least some of the time. Stueart plays the story completely straight, and it works well."

Horrorscope: the Australian Dark Fiction Weblog
"Why the Poets Were Banned from the City"

Why the Poets Were Banned from the City by Jerome Stueart examines the issues of murder, redemption, madness and media manipulation. Literary in style, it disturbs on both a gory, in-your-face level, and on a far more subtle, far nastier level as it examines just how far a person can be manipulated before something snaps.