Scobie was born in Carnoustie, Scotland. He earned an Master of Arts from the University of St. Andrews. Relocating to Canada in 1965, he earned a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in 1969.
Scobie is a founding editor of Longspoon Press.
He won the 1980 Governor General's Award for English language poetry or drama for McAlmon's Chinese Opera, and the 1986 Prix Gabrielle Roy. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1995.
- Babylondromat: Poems. Vancouver, BC: Hairy Eagle Press, 1966.
- Below Zero. Vancouver, BC: privately printed, [1968?].
- One Word Poems. Vancouver, BC: Lighthouse Press, 1969.
- In the Silence of the Year. Montreal: Delta Canada, 1971.
- Stone Poems: Poems 1967-1969. Vancouver: Talonbooks, 1973.
- The Birken Tree. Edmonton, AB: Tree Frog, 1973.
- The Rooms We Are: Poems 1970-1971. Victoria, BC: Sono Nis Press, 1974.
- Air Loom. Toronto: Seripress, 1975.
- Airwaves, Sealevel, Landlock. Toronto: Seripress, 1978.
- Les toiles non peur de rien: Poems on painting. Edmonton, AB: Hairy Eagle Press, 1979.
- Dumb Animals. League of Canadian Poets, 1980.
- McAlmon's Chinese Opera. Dunvegan, ON: Quadrant Editions, 1980.
- A Grand Memory for Forgetting. Edmonton, AB: Longspoon Press, 1981.
- The Pirates of Pen's Chance (with Douglas Barbour). Toronto: Coach House, 1981.
- Rain. Vancouver, BC: Slug Press, 1982.
- Expecting Rain: New poems. Lantzville, BC: Oolichan Books, 1984.
- The Ballad of Isabel Gunn. Kingston, ON: Quarry Press, 1987.
- Dunino. Montreal: Signal Editions, 1989.
- Remains. Red Deer, AB: Red Deer Press, 1990.
- Gospel: A poem. Red Deer, AB: Red Deer Press, 1994.
- Willow: Poems. Vancouver BC: Hawthorne Society / Reference West, 1995.
- Slowly into Autumn. Victoria, BC: 1995.
- The Spaces in Between: Selected Poems 1965-2001. Edmonton, AB: NeWest Press, 2003.
- RLS: At the World's End. Victoria, BC: Ekstasis Editions, 2009.
- At the Limit of Breath: Poems on the films of Jean-Luc Goddard. Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press, 2013.
- Ian Hamilton Finley's "Homage to Watteau". Edinburgh: Graeme Murray Gallery, 1978.
- Leonard Cohen. Vancouver: Douglas & McIntyre (Series on Canadian Literature), 1978.
- Sheila Watson and Her Works. Toronto: ECW Press, [1984?]
- bpNichol: What history teaches. Vancouver, BC: Talonbooks, 1984.
- Who's Who in the League of Canadian Poets. Toronto: League of Canadian Poets, 1988.
- Signature Event Cantext: Essays. Edmonton, AB: NeWest Press, 1988.
- Ghosts: a glossary of the Intertext. Toronto: Wolsak & Wynn, 1990.
- Alias Bob Dylan. Calgary, AB: Red Deer Press, 1991.
- revised and expanded as Alias Bob Dylan Revisited. Calgary, AB: Red Deer Press, 2003.
- Taking the Gate: A journey through Scotland. Red Deer, AB: Red Deer Press, 1996.
- Earthquakes and Explorations: Language and painting from Cubism to concrete poetry. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.
- And Forget my Name: a speculative biography of Bob Dylan. Victoria, BC: Ekstasis Editions, 1999.
- The Maple Laugh Forever: An anthology of comic Canadian poetry. Edmonton, AB: Hurtig, 1981.
- Andrew Sunaski, The Land They Gave Away: New and selected poems. Edmonton, AB: NeWest Press, 1982.
- Intricate Preparations: Writing Leonard Cohen. Toronto: ECW Press, 2000.
- The Measure of Paris. Edmonton, AB: University of Alberta Press, 2010.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Shirley Neuman, Stephen Scobie, Canadian Encyclopedia (Edmonton: Hurtig, 1984), 1959. Print.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Stephen Scobie, Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature (Oxford University Press, 2000). Web, June 7, 2013.
- ↑ Stephen Scobie (b. 1943), Scottish Poetry Library. Web, June 7, 2013.
- ↑ Search results = au:Stephen Scobie, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, June 7, 2013.
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- Stephen Scobie at Talonbooks
- Stephen Scobie in the Canadian Encyclopedia
- Stephen Scobie in the Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature.
- review of Stone Poems at JonathanBall.com.
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