Ivan Coyote is a writer, performer, and one of Canada’s best-loved storytellers. Their honest, wry, plain-spoken tales of growing up in the Yukon and living out loud on the west coast have attracted readers and live audiences (and scores of YouTube views) around the world. With a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur, these stories remind of us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.
Coyote is the award-winning author of nine books including their latest, Gender Failure (co-written with Rae Spoon), and based on the touring stage show of the same name. Their other books include five short story collections: Close to Spider Man (shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Short Fiction Prize), One Man’s Trash, Loose End (shortlisted for the Ferro-Grumley Women’s Fiction Award), The Slow Fix, and Missed Her (winner of Another Story Reads). They are also author of a novel, Bow Grip (winner of the ReLit Award and named a Stonewall Honor Book by the American Library Association), and a young adult story collection: One in Every Crowd. Ivan also co-edited the anthology (with Zena Sharman) Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme (a Stonewall Honor Book and Lambda Literary Award finalist).
In spring 2015, Ivan launched the stage show Tomboy Survival Guide, performing sold out shows to Vancouver crowds at the PuSh Theatre Festival and Verses Festival of Words. The book adaptation of Tomboy Survival Guide is forthcoming in fall 2016.
Ivan has been a featured storyteller at many writer and music festivals including Calgary WordFest, Vancouver Writers Festival, and The Sunshine Coast Festival of the Written Arts. A dedicated youth speaker and advocate, Ivan also travels to high schools across North America to give anti-bullying talks, perform shows, and lead writing workshops for teens.
Ivan E. Coyote was selected as the University of Winnipeg’s Carol Shields Writer-in-Residence for spring 2011, and served as Writer-in-Residence at the University of Western Ontario in fall 2012. Originally from the Yukon, Ivan lives in Vancouver, BC.
Ivan is available as a solo performer to read selections from Gender Failure, or from their brand new full-length show, entitled Tomboy Survival Guide.