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Sky Gilbert

Hamilton, ON

Sky Gilbert is a writer, director, and drag queen extraordinaire. He was co-founder and artistic director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (North America's largest gay and lesbian theatre) for 18 years. His novels GUILTY (1998), ST. STEPHEN'S (1999), I AM KASPER KLOTZ (2001), and BROTHER DUMB (2007) were critically acclaimed. ECW Press published two collections of Sky's poetry: DIGRESSIONS OF A NAKED PARTY GIRL (1998), TEMPTATIONS FOR A JUVENILE DELINQUENT (2003) and his theatre memoir EJACULATIONS FROM THE CHARM FACTORY (2000). He has received two Dora Mavor Moore Awards and the Pauline McGibbon Award for theatre directing, and he was the recipient of The Margo Bindhardt Award (from the Toronto Arts Foundation), The Silver Ticket Award (from the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts), and the ReLit Award (for his fourth novel AN ENGLISH GENTLEMAN, 2004). Of his recent novella WIT IN LOVE (Quattro Books 2008) The Globe said: This little surprise package may be one of the best and funniest books published in Canada this year." Dr. Gilbert holds a University Research Chair in Creative Writing and Theatre Studies at The School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph.