Photo credit: Sarah Race Photography

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


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Reading and Reception

A reading and reception with Ivan Coyote will be held on

Thursday, September 27
7:30 pm
SFU Harbour Centre Campus (Rooms 1420-1430)

ASL interpretation is available at this event by request. Please call 778.782.3121 or email englsec@sfu.ca to make the request. (With thanks to Growing Room Festival.)

Full event details here.

Booking an appointment with Ivan

  • Students and the general public are welcome to request appointment times.
  • Please email Laura Walker, Chair's Secretary (englsec@sfu.ca), to book an appointment.
  • Requests will be accepted one month at a time, beginning one week before the start of the month (for example, bookings for September will start on August 20, bookings for October will start September 20, etc.).
  • Writers may submit up to 8-10 pages of prose and 5-6 pages of poetry. Please expect 1-2 weeks of turn-around time for comments and follow-up. Email writing samples to englsec@sfu.ca.

With Thanks
The Ellen & Warren Tallman Writer in Residence Program gratefully acknowledges generous support from the Shadbolt Endowment, Canada Council for the Arts, SFU's Dean of Arts and Social Sciences, SFU's Department of English, and the Ellen & Warren Tallman Endowment.

Past Writers in Residence:
2004/05 Daphne Marlatt
2005/06 Larissa Lai
2006/07 Fred Wah
2007/08 Wayde Compton
2008/09 Hiromi Goto
2009/10 Michael Turner
2011/12 Co-sponsored a series of literary events in collaboration with the Audain Gallery
2012/13 Marie Clements
2013/14 Madeleine Thien
2014/15 Rawi Hage
2015/16 Jordan Scott
2016/17 Cecily Nicholson
2018 Anakana Schofield

Writer-in-Residence Committee:
The Writer-in-Residence Committee has been established by the English Department to work in consultation with the resident writer to design and coordinate his/her schedule of duties and activities. Committee members include Paul Budra (Department Chair), Clint Burnham, David Chariandy, Stephen Collis, Jeff Derksen, Christine Kim, Sophie McCall, and Eric Danis (graduate student representative).