Steven Mayoff was born in 1956 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His formative years were spent in Chomedey, Laval, a suburb north of Montreal, except for brief periods (under a year) in Glasgow, Scotland when he was 9, Cornwall, England when he was 17 and Los Angeles, California, USA when he was 24. Afterward, Steven lived in various areas of Montreal, including NDG, the McGill ghetto and the Plateau.
During this period he worked at various jobs including: maintenance worker at The Montreal Gazette, messenger and maintenance tech for the Cancer Research Unit at McGill University and animal technician in the Anatomy Department in McGill. He also studied acting for a year at the National Theatre School in Montreal.
In 1984 Steven moved to Toronto where, for the next 17 years, he moved around to various areas including Cabbagetown, Yorkville, Parkdale and High Park. In Toronto he did a number of telephone-related jobs, mostly in call centres and answering services. He also worked front of house at Factory Theatre and was a booker for the Bookings Modelling Agency.
During all this time he wrote poetry, lyrics and, later on, fiction. In 2001 Steven and his wife, Thelma, moved to rural Prince Edward Island, where he began to write full time and eventually published his fiction and poetry in literary journals across Canada, the U.S. and abroad. In 2009 his story collection Fatted Calf Blues was published by Turnstone Press. Fatted Calf Blues was the winner of the 2010 Prince Edward Island Book Award for Fiction. His novel Our Lady Of Steerage was published in 2015 by Bunim & Bannigan, Ltd.
His first collection of poems Swinging Between Water And Stone will be published by Guernica Editions in 2019.
Steven is currently working on another novel The Crack In Everything (a magic realist satire set on PEI) and a collection of linked stories, Visions Of Gehenna.