Steven Mayoff was born and raised in Montreal, lived in Toronto for 17 years and has made Prince Edward Island his home since 2001. He writes full time and his fiction and poetry have appeared in journals across Canada and the USA, as well as in Ireland, Algeria and France.
His story collection, Fatted Calf Blues, was published by Turnstone Press in 2009 and praised by the Globe & Mail as showing “a strong imagination at work.” It won the 2010 PEI Book Award for Fiction, was short-listed for a 2010 ReLit Award and was a Top 5 Finalist in the 2011 CBC Cross-Country Bookshelf. His novel, Blessing and Song, will be published by Bunim & Bannigan Ltd.
He has collaborated on three short radio plays for CBC - Call Waiting (2001), Afterlife (2002) and Phone Booth (2003) – and a stage play, Bully, which was produced at The Theatre Centre in Toronto in 2001. His full-length play, A Promise To Repair, received a workshop production by The Cape Breton Stage Company in 2012.
He wrote the libretto for a rock musical, Dorian, with composer, Ted Dykstra. It received numerous workshops and a successful workshop performance at the Tarragon Extra Space in 1996. He also wrote lyrics for the musical, Swingstep, which was produced at the Ford Centre in Toronto in 1999. For this he was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award. He is currently writing the libretto for a one-act chamber opera, Bar Ostatni: The Last milk Bar in Krakow, with Jim O’Leary, composer-in-residence with the PEI Symphony. The opera will be performed at Mount Allison University in 2014.
His short screenplay, The Dim Sum of its Parts, won the 2009 WILDsound One-Page Screenplay Contest. It was made into a short film for Youtube and has received over 400,000 viewings.
He has adapted his novella, Fatted Calf Blues, into a feature-length screenplay. In 2011 the script was further developed to a second draft in an adaptation workshop with story editor Ken Chubb at the Screenwriters’ Bootcamp in Charlottetown. In 2012 he was invited to the prestigious Praxis workshop in Vancouver to work with advisor John Frizzell toward a third draft, which has now been completed.