Kyo Maclear is an essayist, novelist and children’s author. She was born in London, England and moved to Toronto at the age of four with her British father (a foreign correspondent and documentary filmmaker) and Japanese mother (a painter and art dealer).
Her books have been translated into fifteen languages, published in over twenty countries, and garnered nominations from the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, the Trillium Book Award, the Governor General’s Literary Awards, the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Awards, the Amazon.ca First Novel Award, the National Magazine Awards, among other honours.
Her short fiction, essays and art criticism have appeared in Brick, Border Crossings, The Millions, LitHub, The Volta, Prefix Photo, Resilience, The Guardian, Uppercase, Quill and Quire, Shambhala Sun, Azure, Brain Child, Saturday Night, The Globe and Mail, and other publications and anthologies. She has been a national arts reviewer for Canadian Art and a monthly arts columnist for Toronto Life.
Kyo is a doctoral candidate at York University where she holds a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, and is faculty with The Humber School for Writers and associate faculty with the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA. She has presented at schools and festivals around the world.
Kyo lives and works in Toronto, on the traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, Métis, and the Huron-Wendat. She shares a home with two sons, two cats, and a singer.
She is represented by Jackie Kaiser of Westwood Creative Artists.