Cyril Dabydeen is an acclaimed poet and short-story writer; he has written eight books of poetry, five of stories and three novels. He also edited two key anthologies: A Shapely Fire: Changing the Literary Landscape and Another Way to Dance: Contemporary Asian Poetry in Canada and the U.S. He has appeared in about 60 literary magazines and anthologies in Canada, the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Asia and the Caribbean. Cyril worked for many years in human rights and race relations. He was advisor to municipal governments on race and diversity issues throughout the 1990s. He was recently a finalist from the University of Ottawa (where he teaches) for the National Capital Educators Award of teaching excellence. A former Poet Laureate of Ottawa, his latest books of fiction are My Brahmin Days and North of the Equator.
Festivals: 1998, 2002