Bill Stenson was born in Nelson, B.C. and went to a one-room schoolhouse on Thetis Island and grew up on a small farm in the Cowichan Valley. He became a teacher because he loved literature and taught English and Creative Writing at various high schools, the Victoria School of Writing and the University of Victoria.
He and Terence Young founded the well-known Claremont Review, an international literary magazine for young adult writers. As Editor of the magazine, he also wrote a short story collection, Translating Women, and two novels, Svoboda and Hanne and Her Brother and in 2018 his novel, Ordinary Strangers, won the Hunt For The Great B.C. Novel Contest with Mother Tongue Publishing.
He has also published stories in many magazines, including; Grain, The Antigonish Review, Blood and Aphorisms, Wascana Review, Toronto Star, The New Quarterly, and Prism International to name a few. Stenson was a finalist for the 2nd Great BC Novel Contest (2013) and a winner of the 4th Great BC Novel Contest (2017). He lives with his wife, poet Susan Stenson, in the Cowichan Valley and writes every day.