Introducing Cassidy McFadzean and Danny Ramadan!


Photo Credit: Tony Tulathimutte

Cassidy McFadzean is the author of three books of poetry: Crying Dress (House of Anansi, 2024), Drolleries (McClelland & Stewart, 2019), shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award, and Hacker Packer (M&S, 2015), winner of two Saskatchewan Book Awards and a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Award. Her fiction has appeared in Joyland, Maisonneuve, and EVENT, and her debut novella is forthcoming in Dead Writers (Invisible Publishing, 2024). Her chapbook Third State of Being (Gaspereau Press, 2022) was a finalist for the bpNichol Chapbook Award. Cassidy was born in Regina and currently lives in Toronto.



Photo Credit: Hannes van Der Merwe

Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author and LGBTQ-refugees advocate. His latest novel, The Foghorn Echoes, won the Lambda Award for Gay Fiction, and was nominated for the BC & Yukon Book awards, and the city of Vancouver Book Award. The Clothesline Swing has been translated into multiple languages. His award-winning children’s books, The Salma Series, continues to receive accolades. He is expected to release his memoir, Crooked Teeth, in May 2024. Since his arrival to Canada, Ramadan has raised over $300,000 for LGBTQ+ identifying refugees. Ramadan graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC, and received an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Adler University.

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