Kristyn Dunnion is a Canadian writer who grew up in Essex County, the southern-most tip of Canada, and now lives in Toronto. She earned a B.A. from McGill University and an M.A. from the University of Guelph. She has published six fiction books, to date. Dunnion is a deft prose stylist who brings visceral street-punk and speculative worlds to the page with eloquence and heart. Her fiction appears in Best Canadian Stories 2020, Orca: A Literary Journal, Foglifter, Toronto 2033, and many other fine publications.
Kristyn also supports homeless or marginally housed adults with serious mental illness, and has been a healthy food advocate in Davenport-Perth, where she resides. An engaging public speaker, she facilitates innovative workshops for emerging and established artists, especially for diverse at-risk and queer youth. A queer punk performance artist, Dunnion played bass in Heavy Filth (2008-2011) and Bone Donor (2014-2017).
â€œNo one writes like Kristyn Dunnion, not even those of us who really, really want toâ€¦.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.â€ â€”Cherie Dimaline, best-selling author of The Marrow Thieves and Empire of Wild on Stoop City
â€œKristyn Dunnion is a sharply observant chronicler of the marginal urban experience. In these tightly written stories, nobody gets a break.â€ â€”Ian Colford, Miriamichi Reader on Stoop City
â€˜Dunnion is a master of reality goreâ€™ â€“ EDGE Palm Springs
â€˜Pushing the YA envelope about as far as it can go without being an actual mail bombâ€™ â€“ Montreal Mirror, on Big Big Sky
â€˜This novel by Torontoâ€™s Kristyn Dunnion is gritty, sexy and brutalâ€™ â€“ MAXIMUM ROCKNROLL, on The Dirt Chronicles
â€˜Dunnion cooks up a dozen sad, pretty, lonely stories and shoots them into whatever unused vein she can find on her audienceâ€™ â€“ THIS Magazine, on The Dirt Chronicles
â€˜Dunnion assembles a memorable cast of dykes, she-males and wannabe rock starsâ€™ â€“ HERIZON, on MOSH PIT
â€˜The teen underworld Dunnion so convincingly creates may traumatize some adult readers, as S.E. Hinton did a generation agoâ€™ – Quill and Quire, on MOSH PIT