Kyo Maclear is a novelist, essayist and children’s author. She was born in London, England and moved to Toronto at the age of four with her father (a foreign correspondent and documentary filmmaker) and mother (a painter and art dealer).
Kyo holds an Honors B.A. in Fine Art and Art History and an M.A. in Cultural Studies from the University of Toronto, and has several scholarly publications to her credit. She is a doctoral candidate at York University where she holds a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship.
Her short fiction, essays and art criticism have been published in Brick, Border Crossings, The Millions, The Volta, Prefix Photo, Canadian Art, Resilience, The Guardian, Uppercase, Quill and Quire, Shambhala Sun, Toronto Life, Azure, Brain Child, Saturday Night, The Globe and Mail, among other publications. Her work has been anthologized in North America, Europe and Asia/Australia.
Her debut novel, The Letter Opener (HarperCollins), was a finalist for the 2007 Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award and in 2009, she was awarded the K.M. Hunter Artist Award in Literature.
Her second novel, Stray Love (2012), received a starred review from Quill and Quire and was an Amazon Editor’s Pick. It is published by HarperCollins Canada and by Picador/Pan Macmillan Australia.
Kyo lives in Toronto where she shares a home with two sons, two cats, and a musician.
She is represented by Jackie Kaiser of Westwood Creative Artists.