Bill Stenson was born in Nelson, B.C., went to a one-room schoolhouse on Thetis Island and grew up on a small farm in Duncan. 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 well as editing the magazine for many years, Bill ran Canadian Memoirs where he helped people work on their memoirs and interviewed prominent memoirists for a podcast. He wrote a short story collection, Translating Women , and two novels, Svoboda  and Hanne and Her Brother,  published by Thistledown Press.
He has also published stories in many magazines, including; Grain, The Malahat Review, The Antigonish Review, filling Station, Blood and Aphorisms, Wascana Review, Prairie Fire, Toronto Star, The New Quarterly, Prism International and the Nashwaak Review. Stenson was a finalist for the 2nd Great BC Novel Contest (2013) and a winner of the 4th Great BC Novel Contest (2017). This novel, Ordinary Strangers, is out in October, 2018. He was also a finalist for the Prism International Fiction Contest and the Prairie Fire Short Fiction Contest.
He lives with his wife, poet Susan Stenson, in the Cowichan Valley and writes every day.