Kate Cayley


Kate Cayley, Photo Credit: Livia Ambros

Kate Cayley is a fiction writer, playwright, and poet. She has written two short story collections, How You Were Born and Householders, three collections of poetry, When This World Comes to an End, Other Houses, and Lent, a young adult novel, The Hangman in the Mirror, and a number of plays, which have been performed in Canada, the US and the UK.  She has won the Trillium Book Award, the Mitchell Prize for Poetry, an O. Henry Short Story Prize, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, and a Chalmers Fellowship, and been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the K. M. Hunter Award, the Firecracker Award and the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, and long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Prize and the CBC Prize in both poetry and fiction. She has an ongoing writing collaboration with immersive theatre company Zuppa Theatre, most recently on The Archive of Missing Things and This Is Nowhere. Her short stories, poems and essays have appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies, including Best Canadian Stories and Best Canadian Poetry. She has been writer in residence at McMaster University, Sheridan College and the Toronto Public Library, and mentored emerging writers through the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA, the Humber School for Writers, the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies, Diaspora Dialogues, and Sisters Writes. She lives in Toronto with her wife and their three children.