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Peter Gajdics

Photo: Peter Gajdics 2017

Peter Gajdics (pronounced “Guy-ditch”) was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, to immigrant parents from Europe. Gajdics knew from an early age that he was gay, but, for myriad reasons, that truth only seemed to cause him pain. In his early 20s, while struggling with an overwhelming sense of shame, Gajdics turned to a local psychiatrist for help. Within months he found himself embroiled in a bizarre sort of conversion therapy that attempted to “cure” him of his homosexuality. The Inheritance of Shame documents Gajdics’ six-year journey through, and eventually out of, this therapy; the legal battle with his former psychiatrist; his complicated family history; and his attempts to reclaim his life—and, most especially, his truth.

Peter is an award-winning writer whose essays, short memoir and poetry have appeared in, among others, The Advocate, New York Tyrant, The Gay and Lesbian Review / Worldwide, Cosmonauts Avenue, and Opium. He is a recipient of writers grants from Canada Council for the Arts (for non-fiction and fiction), a fellowship from The Summer Literary Seminars, and an alumni of Lambda Literary Foundation’s “Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBT Voices.” His first book, “The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir,” was published on May 16, 2017, by Brown Paper Press.

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Publications

“The Inheritance of Shame: A Memoir”. Brown Paper Press, 2017

Awards

Canada Council for the Arts (fiction grant), 2017
Canada Council for the Arts (non-fiction grant), 2014
“Crossing Styx” (500-word memoir contest) for “Opium” magazine, 2009
Canada Council for the Arts (travel grant), 2018
Canada Council for the Arts (travel grant), 2017
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