Kristyn Dunnion was born in Essex County, the southern tip of Canada, and now lives in Toronto. She earned a B.A. from McGill University in Montreal and an M.A. from the University of Guelph. Dunnion is a deft prose stylist who brings visceral street-punk and speculative worlds to the page with eloquence and heart. Her literary fiction appears in Best Canadian Stories 2020, Orca, Foglifter, Toronto 2033, and many other fine publications. She is one of six Canadian authors featured in Off the Record, edited by John Metcalf (Biblioasis, 2023).

Dunnion is the self-anointed Can Lit Doula and, with compassion and skill, will guide a stuck manuscript to its astounding next draft. She facilitates innovative workshops for emerging and established writers, and currently teaches writing courses at the University of Calgary’s School of Continuing Education. For years Dunnion was a community mental health support worker and healthy food advocate in her neighbourhood. A queer punk performance artist, Dunnion also played bass in Heavy Filth (2008-2011) and Bone Donor (2014-2017).

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Casey Plett

Casey Plett

Award Winning Author of "A Safe Girl to Love" and "A Dream of a Woman"

“Stoop City is a tender snarl of an album, a glorious collection of wreckage and beauty and insight. Dunnion’s care shines through each carefully crafted page.”

Cherie Dimaline

Cherie Dimaline

Internationally Best Selling, Award Winning Author of "The Marrow Thieves"

"Just how many lives has Dunnion lived exactly, to be able to write like this? Because you believe every word and walk beside every character."

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Marina Endicott

Award Winning Author of "Good to a Fault" "The Little Shadows" and "Close to Hugh"

"Kristyn Dunnion pries the lid off this hermetically-sealed community to look at life and death, within and without. Scary, convincing, entirely engrossing.”

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I’m delighted to be included in OFF THE RECORD, edited by the almost magisterial John Metcalf and published by Biblioasis. In this anthology, John Metcalf asks six authors to explain how/why we became writers rather Read more…

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Land Acknowledgement

Kristyn is grateful to live and work on Treaty 13 territory, the Dish with One Spoon traditional Indigenous lands of the Anishnaabe, Chippewa, Wendat, Haudenosaunee and Mississaugas of the Credit people. These lands continue to be a place of trade and travel for Indigenous Peoples, since time immemorial.

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