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Stephen Humphrey

Stephen Humphrey is a freelance writer and poet originally from Edmonton and now living in Toronto. He co-hosted the literary radio program HOWL for four years on CIUT, the University of Toronto station, and hosted the long-running Idler Pub Reading series for its final two years.


1.    POET: Blue Angels (Seraphim Editions 2005)

On Blue Angels

These nasty, numinous, visceral and otherwise revisionary angels might not sit too nicely on your shoulder, but they flutter beautifully in this dark and gifted book.”
~ Robert Priest

The angels of Stephen Humphrey’s book are dark lovers, holy punks, jaded sages and daemonic seraphim who descend from terrifying heights to swoop ecstatic through the post-modern world. There is pandemonium and humour in these pages (equal parts Paradise Lost and Led Zeppelin IV) where the grandiose meets the mundane, and the biblical is forever dogged by the comic book. The words are lyrical, sometimes satirical, and they'll tell you everything you ever wanted to know about fallen angels, but were afraid to ask.”
~ Steve Venright

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