C.E. Gatchalian

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Born, raised and based on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the Musqueam, Squamish and Tseil-Waututh (colonially known as Vancouver), C.E. Gatchalian is a queer Filipinx diasporic author who writes drama, non-fiction, fiction and poetry. The author of six books and co-editor of two anthologies, he was the 2013 recipient of the Dayne Ogilvie Prize, awarded annually by The Writers’ Trust of Canada to an outstanding emerging 2SLGBTQIA+ writer. He is also a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist and the recipient of two Jessie Richardson Awards for his work as a theatre artist and producer. Q2Q: Queer Canadian Theatre and Performance, an anthology he co-edited, was awarded the 2020 Patrick O’Neill Award for best edited collection of essays on a theatre or performance topic by the Canadian Association for Theatre Research. He has been Playwright-in-Residence at the Firehall Arts Centre and the Vancouver Playhouse, Artist-in-Residence at the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Education, and Writer-in-Residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House (Vancouver) and Berton House (Dawson City, YT). Formerly Artistic Producer of the frank theatre company, Vancouver’s professional queer theatre company, his plays have been produced locally, nationally and internationally. His memoir, Double Melancholy: Art, Beauty and the Making of a Brown Queer Man, was published in Spring 2019 by Arsenal Pulp Press.