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Maria Cichosz

Maria Cichosz

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Maria Cichosz is a novelist and scholar of art, theory, drug cultures, and the history of ideas. She holds a Ph.D. in Modern Thought & Literature from Stanford University where she was recently a Humanities & Sciences Postdoctoral Dean’s Fellow. Maria currently teaches in the Professional Writing and Communication Program at the University of Toronto Mississauga and is the Fiction and Book Reviews Editor at Broken Pencil magazine. Her fiction and scholarship have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Critique, The Puritan, CRAFT, and on the CBC Literary Awards shortlist, among other places. Her first novel, Cam & Beau, was named a 2020 fall book pick by The Toronto Star, reviewed in the Quill & Quire, and a finalist for the 2021 ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Awards.

Maria is an award-winning writing instructor and experienced lecturer who has taught classes in creative writing, professional editing, and creative non-fiction at Stanford University, the City University of New York, and the University of Toronto. She is available for class visits, workshops, and public presentations for high school and adult audiences.

Maria is currently working on a new novel with the assistance of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Fiction and Non-Fiction


Cam & Beau. 2020, Now or Never Publishing
No Easy Fix: On Carl L. Hart’s Drug Use for Grown-Ups. 2021, Los Angeles Review of Books
For Better Or Worse: On the Failure of the Stand-Alone Excerpt. 2020, CRAFT magazine


ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition, Semifinalist, 2021
The Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition, Finalist, 2020
CRAFT Literary Elements Contest, Finalist for CRAFT, 2018
U of T Magazine Short Story Contest, Shortlist for U of T Magazine, 2011
CBC Literary Awards Finalist for CBC, 2007
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