Sydney Warner Brooman

(they/them) lives in Toronto, Canada with their fiancé and French bulldog. They are the author of the short fiction collection The Pump (Invisible Publishing 2021), and an alumnus of the Tin House Summer Workshop (2021) and the Lighthouse Summer Workshop under Sheila Heti (2021). 

Sydney received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in English Literature & Creative Writing from Western University, where they served as Western’s Student-Writer-in-Residence (2017/2018), Co-President of the Undergraduate English Society, Editorial Assistant for the Canadian Poetry Project, and Editor-in-Chief of the Slam Poetry publication SNAPS. They are a former Artist-in-Residence at the TAP Centre for Creativity, a former Fiction Editor of Patchwork Literary Magazine at the University of Iowa. 


Sydney's poetry, fiction, and experimental work has been published in American Chordata, The Quarantine Review, The Temz Review, Occasus, The Gateway Review, Coffin Bell, and others. Their short story "The Bottom" was shortlisted for The Malahat Review 2020 Open Season Awards.

They are represented by Cassie Mannes Murray at Howland Literary Agency in NY for their debut novel Bird Suit, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts Research & Creation Program.

Their work frequently explores intergenerational trauma, religion, queerness, mental health, and intimacy in all its forms, against the backdrop of Southern Ontario Gothic small-town living.


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