Kyo Maclear’s work has found a readership across a public-to-academic spectrum. Her books have been published by major houses and by university presses, translated into twelve languages, and printed in sixteen countries. Her latest book, Birds Art Life, follows two artists on a yearlong city adventure. It is at once a meditation on art, urban-nature and a quest for a creative and meaningful life. Her novels The Letter Opener (2007) and Stray Love (2012) were both published by HarperCollins Canada under the Phyllis Bruce imprint.
Kyo is also the author of Beclouded Visions: Hiroshima-Nagasaki and the Art of Witness, published by the State University of New York Press. The book was praised by The National Post as an “original and philosophical treatise” and by Books in Canada for its “articulate and elegant prose”.
Her essays have been anthologized in: Private Investigators: Undercover in Public Spaces (Banff Centre Press); Witness & Memory: The Discourse of Trauma (Routledge); Like Mangoes in July: The Work of Richard Fung (Insomniac Press); ReMembering the Body (Hatje Cantz); Intersecting Circles: The Voices of Hapa Women in Poetry and Prose(Bamboo Ridge Press); and Taking Risks: Literary Journalism from the Edge (Banff Centre Press)
She is the author of ten internationally published children’s books: Spork, Virginia Wolf, Mr. Flux, Julia, Child, The Specific Ocean, The Good Little Book, The Wish Tree, The Liszts, The Fog, and Yak and Dove. kyomaclearkids.ca
Essays, Reviews and Articles
Kyo’s essays, reviews and articles have been published in Shambhala Sun, Brick, Canadian Art, The Millions, LitHub, The Volta, Resilience Journal, The Literary Review of Canada, The Guardian, The Globe and Mail, Saturday Night, This Magazine, Fuse, Prefix Photo, Azure, Quill and Quire, Asia Art Pacific, Toronto Life and C Magazine.
In addition to her own writing, she has also had the privilege of editing several art, architectural, and design monographs, including:
Andrew Rucklidge Paintings 2005 – 2007 (Christopher Cutts, 2008); Incomplete Manifesto for Growth by Bruce Mau (BMD, 2007); Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg: A Monograph (Birkhauser, 2003); Aiko Suzuki: Selected Works 1973 – 2003 (Gendai Gallery, 2003); Tokyo Think Zone Life Style (Mori Gallery, 2002); Mark di Suvero (Gagosian Gallery, 2001); Pop Art: The John and Kimiko Powers Collection (Gagosian Gallery, 2001); Lepanto: Cy Twombly (Gagosian Gallery, 2001); and Life Style by Bruce Mau (Phaidon, 2000).