Jerome Stueart is a writer who came to Canada from Texas in 2001, settling in the Yukon Territory. He lived there for three years, loved it, and so went back to Texas to finish his degree and to immigrate to Canada. He returned to the Yukon Territory, a landed immigrant, in 2007.
Jerome’s degrees are in English, (creative writing with a hefty dose of American Literature). He has taught American Literature, World Literature, and British Literature survey courses in colleges in the United States–but admits he’s “woefully ignorant” of the literature of his new country. Americans, he says, are familiar with very few Canadian writers, and these primarily because of the New Yorker and other similar magazines: Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje. Alice Munro is still considered the premiere short fiction writer in North America by Americans. However, that’s where his original knowledge of Canadian literature ended.
Since being here, he has read several Canadian works of fiction, poetry and drama, and you can see these on his What He’s Read page. Jerome is currently on the Yukon team of Canada Reads. He also teaches writing and literature at Yukon College, and fosters a science fiction writing group for teen writers, Rocketfuel. He’s also fully engaged in a group of adult science fiction and fantasy writers that meet regularly.
He’s published in Fantasy Magazine, Strange Horizons, Geist, Joyland, Evolve: vampire stories of the new undead, and in three Tesseracts anthologies. A full list of Jerome’s publications can be read on his other website: Yukon Science Fiction Writer
However, just because he writes science fiction and fantasy doesn’t mean that he’s only interested in reading it. He enjoyed Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, and is interested in Miriam Toews’s A Boy of Good Breeding, Annabel Lyon’s The Golden Mean, and books by Timothy Findley, Shyam Selvadurai, and others.
Jerome spends the rest of his time being a Yukoner. He’s been a trolley conductor, performed in the Frantic Follies, been the communications officer for a remote science station, Kluane Lake Research Station; worked for Yukon Bureau of Statistics doing surveys, been a reporter for What’s Up Yukon, worked for Nakai Theatre, and done as much radio with CBC as he is allowed to do.
He likes hanging out at Baked Café, hiking in the Hidden Lakes area, walking the Millennium Trail, attending the Available Light Film Festival, Rendezvous, Frostbite, Yukon Quest, Pivot Theatre Festival, Writer’s conferences (well, actually, all the cool events of the Yukon), performances at the YAC, promoting Whitehorse, singing at church, supporting PFLAG, and writing. One day he will meet a polar bear and they will live happily ever after.