subTerrain: Strong words for a polite nation

September 8th, 2016

subTerrain #74 is out on news stands! Pick up your copy and join the adult colouring craze for a chance to win prizes. Read my short story EARTH, which finds itself in excellent company including work by André Alexis, Susan Cormier and Peter Babiak.

Strong words, indeed!

TRAMP: Queer Author Edition at The Steady

February 26th, 2014

Saturday Night, March 1st at The Steady, 1051 Bloor Street West

Dinner at 5:00
Authors at 8:30
Dancing at 10:00

Zoe Whittall invites you to get sexy with
Morgan M. Page
Kristyn Dunnion
Red Durkin (from NYC)
Shani Mootoo
Rachel Matlow, and
Mara Sternberg

Tramp is an eating, reading, drinking, dance party for women-identified humans who love women. Respectful folks welcome, of course.

Toronto Anarchist Fair Sunday Dec 15

December 8th, 2013

Toronto Anarchist Fair 2013Dear Comrades and Cohorts:

I will be tabling at the Toronto Anarchist Fair on Sunday Dec 15 at 55 Gould Street (Ryerson Student Building) from 10 - 5 pm ish
Come visit me!
I will have copies of your favourite books for $ale at outrageous anarchist prices:
and a limited number of the latest Grain Magazine featuring my story Fits Ritual.

Come make some noise!

Kristyn Dunnion in Grain Magazine Vol 41.1

November 18th, 2013

The Fall 2013 issue of Grain Magazine (Vol 41.1) is hot off the press!
Fiction. Poetry. Artwork by Eliza Griffiths.

Check out FITS RITUAL, my love story for street hustlers.
Young Hoofy must fend for himself when his rogue boyfriend abandons him for a wealthy girl.

Visit to order a copy today.

Crazy Cat Lady Calendars For $ale

November 18th, 2013

Looking for the perfect gift for the cat loving folks in your life?

Why not order a 2014 Crazy Cat Lady Calendar and spend the next 12 months with local cat activist hotties and some of their intimate feline friends? I’m Miss Rocktober, naturally!

Order calendars online, ‘like’ us on Facebook, and don’t forget to tell your friends. Your hard earned cash will be going to support three grassroots feral cat rescue organizations that work year round to save animals.

Paws up for the Felines!


Ode to Lake Erie

October 27th, 2013

The 2013 CZP/RANNU Fund Writing Award selections have been announced by Judges Craig Davidson, Richard Larson, Caitlin Sweet, and tie-breaking judge Cory Doctorow. The Fund, in collaboration with ChiZine Publications, offers two awards per year, one for fiction, one for poetry, and is granted to two writers of speculative literature.

LAKEBED BESSIE, my story about a brazen woman who transforms into a mythological being, received the first place honour in fiction. This story is a tribute to the same-named freshwater creature allegedly sighted in Lake Erie during the past hundred + years, and is an ode to my childhood home on those shores. I am honoured to be acknowledged in the company of such fine writers as Terri Favro and A.C. Koch.

Briarpatch Magazine Contest: Writing in the Margins

February 18th, 2013

Hoofy’s idyllic life as a young hare in the Don Valley is threatened by a feline predator. Hoofy’s verdant world is actually a morphine induced hallucination; in reality, Hoofy, a homeless youth, hangs between life and death in an emergency medical clinic.

HAREBELL is a top five finalist for the Briarpatch Magazine Writing in the Margins contest. Stay tuned for exciting announcements in the March/April issue of

Character Building Workshop for Teen Writers - FREE!

February 12th, 2013

Join the saucy and talented Kristyn Dunnion at Brentwood Library (36 Brentwood Rd, 1 block west of Royal York Subway station) on Saturday March 2 from 1-3 pm for a FREE creative writing workshop for teens (12-19 years old). Bring a pencil and a pal and get ready to write!

Register at 416-397-5970, or, or show up on March 2nd with a smile on your face!

In the Spotlight, courtesy of Sarah Selecky

December 16th, 2012

Sarah Selecky is not only a talented writer, she is a gifted, generous mentor who is passionate about writing and reading short fiction. I encountered her online writing course, Story Is A State of Mind, then met her in person at the Banff Art Centre last spring. Sarah is the push I needed to grow bolder and more precise in my writing practice. In this link, Sarah spotlights an excerpt I am currently working on, called Gone To Ground, and we chat about process, intention and style.
Thank you, Sarah Selecky!”>

The Next Big Thing - repost from Facebook

December 3rd, 2012

The Lovely and Talented *Heather Wood* invited me to participate in The Next Big Thing, where authors answer ten questions about their up and coming work. It’s kind of like a chain letter. So I’ve asked some of my favourite authors to take up the torch next. Stay tuned as Emily Pohl-Weary, Anne Laurel Carter and Pat Bourke share juicy tidbits about their works in progress!

To read the original post and visit the other author links, visit my page on Facebook

What is your working title of your book?
The Wolf That Waits For Me

Where did the idea come from for the book?
First I dreamed her. The vision of this massive, shaggy wolf kept returning to me, most persistently whenever I was between the worlds.

What genre does your book fall under?
Literary Short Fiction Collection – with a touch of magick.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
One story, Fits Ritual, is about 2 con-artist homeless boys who fake public seizures in order to fleece concerned citizens’ wallets. I’d want Rory Culkin to play androgynous Hoofy, who suffers from Hepatitis C, and Max Minghella to play his calculating and charming lover, Roam. Susan Sarandon would play the outreach nurse. I will write a new story just so Noomi Rapace and Crispin Glover can be in it. I would hang out with them on set and nibble their earlobes as much as possible.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
The Wolf That Waits For Me captures moments of profound transformation in the linked lives of its desperate characters.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
I began in January 2012 and am not finished yet.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
This collection could be compared to The Outlaw Album by Daniel Woodrell, an author I adore. Both are linked story collections that feature unsavory characters on the brink of violence, despair and – god forbid, hope. Woodrell’s stories are set in the Ozarks, and his characterization and story telling pay profound tribute to the men and women of those hills, and the land itself. I, on the other hand, am writing about urban hustlers, bullied queers, post-suicide teens.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?
Seven people I love have died in the past few years. Grief and paranormal interactions have forced me to think about life/death cycles in new ways and this book is a direct result of some of those witchy reflections.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
There will be sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll.