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Victoria Freeman

Victoria Freeman

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Victoria Freeman is a Canadian author, theatre artist, educator, and public historian. She was born in Ottawa and attended the University of Toronto, where she received her PhD in History in 2010.  Her first book, Distant Relations: How My Ancestors Colonized North America, was shortlisted for the 2000 Writers’ Trust Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing. Her second book, A World Without Martha: A Memoir of Sisters, Disability, and Difference, about her experience as a sibling of a child institutionalized for having an intellectual disability, was released by UBC Press on October 1, 2019 and shortlisted for a 2019 Lamda Award for Bisexual Non-Fiction. She has co-written two plays, The Talking Treaties Spectacle, with Ange Loft of Jumblies Theatre, and Birds Make Me Think About Freedom, with L'Arche Toronto Sol Express; the latter won a Patron's Pick award at the 2018 Toronto Fringe Festival. She co-wrote the filmscript for By These Presents: "Purchasing" Toronto, featured at the 2019 Toronto Biennial of Art and screeened at the Glasgow Short Film Festival, the San Francisco American Indian Film Festival, and the Montreal First Peoples Festival. She is the co-author, with Ange Loft, Martha Stiegman, and Jill Carter of A Treaty Guide for Torontonians, to be launched at the 2022 Toronto Biennial of Art in May 2022.

Email:
c/o Writers' Union of Canada
City:
Toronto
Province:
Ontario
Genre:
Creative non-fiction
I write professionally in the following language(s):
English

Publications

A World without Martha: A Memoir of Sisters, Disability, and Difference. 2019, UBC Press/ Purich Press
A Treaty Guide for Torontonians. forthcoming May 2022, Toronto Biennial of Art and Jumblies Press
Distant Relations: How My Ancestors Colonized North America. 2000; 2002, McClelland & Stewart
Eligible for National Public Readings Program:
Yes

WITS

Are you available for public presentations and/or workshops:
Yes
Are you available for school visits?:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Union’s Ontario Writers-in-the-Schools program:
Yes
Interested in participating in the Northern Ontario WITS program:
Yes

Equity Initiative

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