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Steve Hayward

Associate Professor, Chair

I’m the fiction writer in the department, and teach most of the prose fiction workshops. My grad work was in Renaissance Drama, so I love teaching that as well. I’m Canadian, so you’ll often find me teaching something connected to my home and native land. I’ve published two novels, Don’t Be Afraid (2011) and The Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke, as well as a collection of short stories. When not in the classroom I’m mountain biking (Colorado Springs has some seriously incredible trails), or skiing, or playing the guitar, or playing squash with my friend and English Department colleague George Butte (who is always able to beat me).



Don’t Be Afraid. Toronto: Knopf Canada, 2011.

The Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke. Toronto: Knopf Canada, 2005.

Buddha Stevens and Other Stories. Toronto: Exile Editions, 2000.


Winner, 2006 Premio Grinzane Cavour Award for Excellence by an Emerging Author (Italy)

Finalist, 2006 Northern Ohio Live Award of Achievement (Writing Category)

Winner, 2001 Upper Canada Writers’ Craft Award

Finalist, 2001 ReLit Award (best collection of short fiction)

Globe and Mail top 100 book of 2001.


Creative Writing, Fiction


Canadian Literature

Steven Hayward's Official Website


Regular Classes

Introductory Fiction Workshop
Introductory Creative Writing Workshop
Advanced Fiction Workshop (graduate)
Introduction to Canadian Literature
Introduction to the Short Story
Introduction to Shakespeare
Introduction to Poetry
Major British Writers
Mimesis, Metatheatre and Performance in Shakespeare’s Theatre (graduate)
Religion and the Literary Imagination


    Ph.D., English, York University, 2001
    M.A., English, University of Toronto, 1995
    B.A., English, University of Toronto, 1994