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Ivan Coyote, 2018/19 Writer in Residence and Shadbolt Fellow

July 26, 2018

The Department of English is proud to announce that Ivan Coyote will be the 2018/19 Writer in Residence and Shadbolt Fellow

Ivan Coyote is the author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, six full-length live shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. Ivan is a seasoned stage performer, and over the last two decades has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writer's, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam and Australia.

The Globe and Mail newspaper called Coyote "a natural-born storyteller" and the Ottawa Xpress once said that "Coyote is to Canadian literature what kd lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture."

Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation, but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. Ivan's stories remind of us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.

Ivan's 11th book, Tomboy Survival Guide, was released in the fall of 2016 with Arsenal Pulp Press. Tomboy Survival Guide was named an American Library Association Stonewall Honour Book in 2016, shortlisted for the prestigious Hilary Weston Roger's Trust prize for non-fiction in 2017, and longlisted for Canada Reads 2018. Last fall Ivan was given an Honorary Doctorate of Laws at Simon Fraser University for their writing and activism.

“Coyote resists reading trans-ness in hindsight, refuses to centre trans-ness as the single primary concern in trans lives and, in this regard, is quietly radical. Late in the reading, I realized this is a book about family. An emotionally powerful memoir by a great storyteller about normal life.”
Jade Colbert, The Globe and Mail, Nov 2016

“lovely, immensely compassionate and classics of the form.”
Brett Joseph Grubisic, The Vancouver Sun, Oct 2016 | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


As Writer in Residence and Shadbolt Fellow, Ivan Coyote is available for one-on-one consultations with creative writers from the SFU and wider community. Writers will have the opportunity to receive feedback and editorial advice on sections of manuscripts of prose and poetry. Appointments are generally 45 - 50 minutes in length, and will take place at SFU’s Burnaby campus. More information, and details on the submission process, is available at

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