Pandemics: Author Spotlight – Josh Stewart

Josh Stewart is an ESL instructor, martial artist, and writer. He has authored two poetry chapbooks, Temptation as a Technical Difficulty (Anstruther Press, 2015) and Invention of the Curveball (Cactus Press, 2008). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in literary journals such as Canadian Literature, Vallum, The New Quarterly, Grain, The Antigonish Review, Descant, Into The Void, Carousel, Prairie Fire, CV2, Existere, Clover & White, and others. He was shortlisted for Into the Void’s Fiction Prize, longlisted for the Descant/Winston Collins Poetry Prize, and awarded first place in the Norma Epstein Competition in the fiction category. Josh is also an experienced Karate instructor, holding his Yondan (4th degree) in Koryu Uchinadi Kenpo Jutsu and his Nidan (2nd degree) in Shotokan/Chito Ryu. His martial arts articles have appeared in Black Belt Magazine, Shotokan Karate Magazine, and USA Dojo. His blog is called The Martial Poet ( Josh lives in Milton, Ontario.


His poem “During the Pandemic” can be read on our website at


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