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Missed Her

Missed Her

In this collection of short stories Ivan takes readers on an intimate journey: from a year spent in eastern Canada, to their return to the west coast, and the travels in-between.

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Distinctive and persuasive voice, a flawless sense of pacing, and an impeccable sense of story.

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Ivan Coyote was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. An award-winning author of six collections of short stories, one novel, three CD’s, four short films and a renowned performer. More »

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  • Quill and Quire: Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote share personal stories in Gender Failure

    "When Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote first conceived of Gender Failure in 2012, it was as a 45-minute live multimedia performance of stories and songs about being trans and living outside the gender binary. “A real room-clearer of a show,” writes Coyote, quoting Spoon in their new collaborative book, also called Gender Failure, published in May by Arsenal Pulp Press.

    For the past two years Spoon and Coyote have toured the show to receptive crowds throughout North America and the U.K. “It’s turned out to be a room-changer,” Spoon says over the phone from Montreal, just ahead of bringing the project to Canada’s East Coast. “We’ve changed the audiences who have come out to it, and the warm reception made us realize it was resonating.”

    The positive feedback inspired the duo to extend the performance by another 45 minutes and tackle a book adaptation. Gender Failure gave Coyote and Spoon more space to delve into their individual journeys from confused female-assigned youth to productive, creative adults who refer to themselves using the gender-neutral “they” pronoun."

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  • 100 Most Stylish dapperQs 2014

    dapperQ June 24, 2014: "In July 2013, dapperQ published our first ever list of 100 Most Stylish dapperQs. This was by far one of our most popular posts, but was by no means exhaustive. Since the original post was not comprehensive enough to capture all of the amazing dapper that exists in our community, our team decided to compile another list of 100 most stylish dapperQs."
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  • Push the Binary

    National Post says that calling 2014 the year of transgender stories wouldn’t be an understatement. [Click here for the full story]

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  • Gender Failure and the danger of “he” and “she”

    What would it mean not to be a man or a woman?

    That’s the central question of Rae Spoon and Ivan E. Coyote’s new book Gender Failure, a text archive of their storytelling and musical performance of the same name. Spoon, Canada’s critical darling of indie-folk-to-electronic and Coyote, author of eight books, take turns telling stories about their experiences trying— and failing—to navigate the gender binary, that social construct that demands everyone must be either a “boy” or a “girl” in the way they dress and behave.

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  • Edmonton Journal: Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote question ‘the order of things’

    by Rae Spoon and Ivan Coyote

    Arsenal Pulp

    As a species, we’re capable of awesome cognitive leaps.

    With a handful of touchy subjects, though, we can become deeply prejudiced baggage-carriers. Whether it’s calcified thinking, a knee-jerk bad habit, or a vestigial imperative woven into our DNA, we’re drawn to restrictive categories and norms over and again. Ever suspicious, we’re prone to slap on hard-to-remove labels that determine “belongs” and “does not belong.” We isolate “unacceptable” from “acceptable” in a mere heartbeat.

    If you’re doubting this blanket statement, just consider that most mundane of events, the twice-daily commute. A transcript of the snap judgments from just one of its minutes would reveal a veritable jamboree of sexist, racist, ageist, and classist attitudes (that usually stay locked inside individual skulls nestled within individual vehicles, fortunately).

    Contesting such ingrained and seemingly instinctive patterns can be thankless work. And difficult too, an uphill battle.

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