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Kristyn Dunnion

Photo: Liz Marshall 2017

Kristyn Dunnion is a Toronto-based author and arts educator. "Tarry This Night," her dystopic resistance novel with Arsenal Pulp Press is included on CBC's Top 20 Fall Fiction Reads list. She is the 2015 Machigonne Fiction Prize winner and a Pushcart Prize nominee. Recent short fiction appears in The Tahoma Literary Review, The New Guard V, Cosmonauts Avenue and SubTerrain Magazine. "The Dirt Chronicles," also with Arsenal Pulp Press, was a 2012 Lambda Literary Award finalist and an American Library Association Over the Rainbow Selection. Previous novels include "Missing Matthew," "Mosh Pit" and "Big Big Sky," (all Red Deer Press). Kristyn earned a B.A in English and Theatre at McGill University and an M.A. in English at the University of Guelph. Kristyn is an experienced arts educator who loves making school and community visits. Your classroom will never be the same after one of her innovative workshops! She has been a mentor with the Toronto Public Library's Young Voices anthology project since 2011. Kristyn is especially sensitive to and interested in supporting LGBTTQ youth, youth in crisis, Indigenous youth, and emerging artists.

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c/o Writers' Union of Canada


Tarry This Night. Arsenal Pulp Press, 2017
The Dirt Chronicles. Arsenal Pulp Press, Sept 2011
Big Big Sky. Red Deer Press, 2008
Mosh Pit. Red Deer Press, 2004
Missing Matthew. Red Deer Press, 2003


Lambda Literary Finalist, 2012
Machigonne Fiction Prize for The New Guard V, 2015
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.

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General Fiction - Science Fiction/Fantasy
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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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