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Daniel Allen Cox

Daniel Allen Cox
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Daniel Allen Cox is a Canadian novelist shortlisted twice for a Lambda Literary Award. named Daniel one of its “Favorite Gay Canucks.” He was a columnist for Xtra Ot­tawa from 2008 to 2011. He lives in Montreal, where he works as a writing mentor.

After stints as a Jehovah’s Witness and a porn model/actor, Daniel wrote Tattoo This Madness In, his novella about LGBT Jehovah’s Witnesses who use Smurf tattoos to rebel against their faith. Next was Shuck, his semi-autobiographical debut novel about a New York City hustler. It was published to wide acclaim and rave reviews, and was shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award and a ReLit Award. His apartment burned down on November 2, 2007, while he was writing the book.

His second novel, Krakow Melt, was also published by Arsenal Pulp Press. It was excerpted in The Advocate, chosen by San Francisco’s A Different Light bookstore as its October 2010 book club pick, named a Book Marks Best Fiction 2010 selection, and selected as a finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction and for a Lambda Literary Award. Istanbul-based Altikirkbes, the publisher behind the renowned Underground Poetix journal, will be translating and releasing a Turkish-lan­guage version of Krakow Melt as part of an underground literature series featuring Lydia Lunch.

Daniel has spoken and performed widely, including at the Blue Metropolis International Literary Festival, gritLIT Hamilton Literary Fetsival, Ottawa International Writers’ Festival, Atlanta Queer Lit Fest, Northeastern Illinois University, Columbia College Chicago, McGill University, Wilfrid Laurier University’s Rainbow Centre, WESTFEST, the San Francisco Sex Worker Arts Festival, AIDS Committee of Ottawa, and on CBC Radio One.

Daniel has read with Marcia Clark, the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

Daniel’s new novel, Basement of Wolves, is forthcoming from Arsenal Pulp Press in April 2012.

Writers Festival Appearances