Creative Writing Faculty

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Listed here are the full-time professors in the Creative Writing program. We also have some extraordinary writing instructors that join us for particular courses -- you can find them listed here.

 

Daniel Tysdal

Daniel Tysdal

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

daniel.tysdal@utoronto.ca

Daniel Scott Tysdal is the ReLit Award winning author of three books of poetry, the poetry textbook The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems (Oxford University Press), and the TEDx talk, “Everything You Need to Write a Poem (and How It Can Save a Life)” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0BUYzMypi8). Tysdal’s work has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Poetry, Best Canadian Poetry, Best Canadian Essays, and The Next Wave: An Anthology of 21st Century Canadian Poetry, and has earned him a number of honours, including the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Award and honourable mention at the National Magazine Awards. He is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, at the University of Toronto Scarborough. In 2012, the UTSC student newspaper, The Underground, named him one of their four “Professors of the Year.”

Website: dstiz.com

Publications:

Fauxccasional Poems. Fredericton: icehouse, 2015.

The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems. Toronto: Oxford University Press, 2014.

The Mourner’s Book of Albums. Toronto: Tightrope, 2010.

Predicting the Next Big Advertising Breakthrough Using a Potentially Dangerous Method. Regina: Coteau, 2006.

Andrew Westoll

Andrew Westoll

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

andrew.westoll@utoronto.ca

Andrew Westoll is an award-winning author, journalist and teacher. His books include The Riverbones, a travelogue set in the remote jungles of Suriname, and the national-bestselling The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary, which is the biography of a family of chimpanzees who were rescued from a research laboratory and retired to an animal sanctuary near Montreal. The Chimps won the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction and was a finalist for several other major book awards. Andrew holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia, is a Gold National Magazine Award winner, and his writing has been anthologized in Cabin Fever: The Best New Canadian Non-Fiction. Andrew's debut novel, The Jungle South of the Mountain, was published by HarperCollins Canada in 2016. Andrew’s teaching interests include creative non-fiction, fiction and the intersections between literature and science.

Website: www.andrewwestoll.com

Publications:

The Jungle South of the Mountain (HarperAvenue, 2016)

The Chimps of Fauna Sanctuary (HarperCollins, 2011)

The River Bones (McClelland & Steward, 2008)

SJ Sindu

SJ Sindu (Sinduja Sathiyaseelan)

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

sindu.sathiyaseelan@utoronto.ca

SJ Sindu is a Tamil-American author and educator. Sindu’s first novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies, won the Publishing Triangle Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and the Golden Crown Literary Society Award for Debut Fiction, was selected by the American Library Association as a Stonewall Honor Book, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the VCU First Novelist Award. Her second novel, Blue-Skinned Gods, is forthcoming in 2021 from Soho Press. Sindu holds an M.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University.

Website: http://sjsindu.com/

Publications:

Blue-Skinned Gods (Soho Press, 2021)

Marriage of a Thousand Lies (Soho Press, 2017)

I Once Met You But You Were Dead (Split Lip Press, 2016)

Randy Lundy

Randy Lundy

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

randy.lundy@utoronto.ca

Randy Lundy is of Cree, Irish, and Norwegian descent. He is a member of the Barren Lands First Nation in Brochet, Manitoba. Randy was born in the mining community of Thompson, Manitoba, and after a brief time living in Quesnel, in the Cariboo District of British Columbia, he was raised in and near the logging community of Hudson Bay, in the parkland region of east-central Saskatchewan, where he lived a short walk from the confluence of the Fir, Etamomi, and Red Deer rivers.

Randy has published four books of poetry, in addition to publishing individual works of short fiction, literary non-fiction, and academic essays. His poems have been widely anthologized, in Canada and abroad, including in the seminal texts Native Poetry in Canada: A Contemporary Anthology (Broadview) and An Anthology of Canadian Native Literature in English (Oxford UP). His teaching and research interests include Indigenous poetry and drama; personal and aesthetic interests include Ch’an Buddhism and Existential philosophies.

Randy joined the English Department at UTSC on July 1, 2020, as an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, following the University's TRC-response search in Creative Writing, Indigenous Literatures, and Oral Traditions.

Publications:

Field Notes for the Self (University of Regina Press, 2020)

Blackbird Song (University of Regina Press, 2018)

Gift of the Hawk (Coteau Books, 2004)

Under the Night Sun (Coteau Books, 1999)

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

kateri.akiwenziedamm@utoronto.ca

Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm is a member of the Saugeen Ojibway Nation, Chippewas of Nawash First Nation on the Saugeen Peninsula in Ontario. She holds a MA in English literature from the University of Ottawa and has three decades of experience as a creative practitioner, publisher, and educator.

Her publications, which have been widely anthologized, include poetry, fiction, non-fiction, radio plays, television and film, libretti, and graphic novels. Her 2015 book of short stories, The Stone Collection, was a finalist for the Sarton Literary Book Awards, and she has served as Poet Laureate for Owen Sound and North Grey.

Kateri is the founding editor (now managing editor) of Kegedonce Press, one of four established Indigenous-run publishing houses in Canada, and also works as a consultant with Indigenous organizations and communities.

Publications:

The Stone Collection (High Water Press, 2015)

"Nimkii" in This Place: 150 Years Retold (Portage & Main Press, 2019)