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Stephen Near

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    Pronouns: he/him
    Location: Hamilton, Ontario



    Stephen is a writer living in Hamilton. He is a graduate of York University (BFA), the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (B. Ed) and the MFA Creative Writing program at the University of Guelph. Stephen is a member of the Playwright’s Guild of Canada and an alumnus of both the Sage Hill Writing Experience and the Banff Centre. In 2021, Stephen was Long-listed for the CBC Short Story Prize and was a Writer-In-Residence at the Cotton Factory in Hamilton. Currently, Stephen is a freelance writer and a feature columnist with the Beyond James arts and culture blog.