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Ash Nayler
Maria Cichosz
BIO
Biography

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.

ADDRESS
City: Lakefield, Province/Territory: Ontario
EMAIL
GENRE
Fiction and Non-Fiction
PUBLICATIONS
Publications
Title
Cam & Beau
Publisher
Now or Never Publishing
Year
2020
Title
No Easy Fix: On Carl L. Hart’s Drug Use for Grown-Ups
Publisher
Los Angeles Review of Books
Year
2021
Title
For Better Or Worse: On the Failure of the Stand-Alone Excerpt
Publisher
CRAFT magazine
Year
2020
AWARDS
Awards
Name
ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition
Name
Semifinalist
Year
2021
Name
The Writers’ Union of Canada Short Prose Competition
Name
Finalist
Year
2020
Name
CRAFT Literary Elements Contest
Name
Finalist
Publication
CRAFT
Year
2018
Name
U of T Magazine Short Story Contest
Name
Shortlist
Publication
U of T Magazine
Year
2011
Name
CBC Literary Awards Finalist
Publication
CBC
Year
2007
PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS AND WORKSHOPS
Presentation details
Audience Size
Audience size
Any
Presentation Genre
Fiction or Non-Fiction
Presentation Length
1-2 hours
Workshop details
Audience Size
Any
Workshop Length
1-2 hours
School presentation details
Audience Size
Any
Intended Audience
High school, grades 9-12
Presentation Length
1-2 hours
EQUITY INITIATIVE
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Members who identify as:
LGBTQI2S
Programs & Interests
Interested in participating Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
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Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
The Union’s Northern Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program funds in-person visits to northern Ontario schools when possible. Ar
No