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Kristyn Dunnion

Kristyn Dunnion

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Kristyn Dunnion grew up in Essex County, the southern most tip of Canada, and now makes her home in Toronto. She has authored six books including "Stoop City" (Biblioasis, 2020), winner of the 2021 ReLit Award for short fiction, and "Tarry This Night" (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2017). "The Dirt Chronicles" (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011) was a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Recent fiction appears in Best Canadian Stories 2020, Orca, and Toronto 2033. She is an Acker Award recipient and winner of the Metcalf-Rooke Award. Dunnion is a support worker for marginally housed adults with serious mental illness, a heavy metal bassist and a queer punk performance artist. 



Stoop City. 2020, Biblioasis
Tarry This Night. 2017, Arsenal Pulp Press
The Dirt Chronicles. 2011, Arsenal Pulp Press
Big Big Sky. 2008, Red Deer Press


ReLit Award for short fiction for Stoop City, 2021
Metcalf-Rooke Award for Best Canadian Stories 2020, 2020
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:


Presentation Description

Kristyn will tailor her classroom visit to fit the interests and needs of your group. She is a dynamic, honest speaker with a strong connection to youth culture, especially queer, marginalized and/or Indigenous youth.  Kristyn reads age-appropriate excerpts from her work and engages the group in relevant discussion. She encourages students to pursue their own arts-based interests and to hone the skills they will need to sustain themselves and their creative work.

Presentation Length:
General Fiction - Science Fiction/Fantasy
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Workshop Description:

Creative writing workshops with Kristyn are especially tailored to fit the interests and needs of your group. Writing, visioning, vocal and movement based activities combine to give students a fresh approach to storytelling techniques. Students need not consider themselves strong writers in order to explore and tell/write a great story. Kristyn encourages all students, regardless of reading and writing levels, to participate in a respectful, creative, and spontaneous environment. Your class will never be the same!

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