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Kristyn Dunnion

Photo: Tanja Tiziana 2019

Kristyn Dunnion grew up in Essex County, the southern most tip of Canada, and now makes her home in Toronto. She is the author of six books, including Tarry This Night and The Dirt Chronicles, a Lambda Literary Award finalist. Her short fiction is widely anthologized, most recently in Best Canadian Stories 2020, Foglifter, Orca, and Toronto 2033.

Dunnion also works supporting homeless adults with serious mental illness, and has been a healthy-food advocate for marginalized communities in Davenport-Perth, where she resides. 

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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
Stoop City. Biblioasis, 2020


Lambda Literary Finalist, 2012
Machigonne Fiction Prize for The New Guard V, 2015
Acker Awards (Toronto), 2019
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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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