Sydney Warner Brooman (they/them) was raised in Grimsby, Ontario. They attended Western University in London, Ontario, and currently live in Toronto. The Pump is their debut short fiction collection. Their story “The Bottom” was shortlisted for The Malahat Review’s 2020 Open Season Awards, and they have recent work in American Chordata, Thorn Literary Magazine, and other literary journals.

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Sydney Warner Brooman (they/them) is a Non-Binary fiction writer, poet, and multimedia artist born in Toronto, Ontario and raised across the lake in Grimsby. They currently live in Toronto, ON with their partner and their French Bulldog Sloan. 

Sydney received an Honors 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.

Their poetry, fiction, and experimental work has been published in American Chordata, The Quarantine Review, Thorn Literary Magazine, Synaeresis Magazine, The Temz Review, Occasus, The Gateway Review, River River, Coffin Bell Journal, The Iconoclast Collective, and Western University's Symposium & Semicolon Literary Journals. Their short story "The Bottom" was shortlisted for The Malahat Review 2020 Open Season Awards.

Sydney's debut short fiction collection The Pump is forthcoming with Invisible Publishing in Fall 2021.

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.

They are an attendee of the Tin House Summer Workshop (2021) and the Lighthouse Writers Advanced Workshop with Sheila Heti (2021).


They are also the co-creator of the mental health and arts podcast I Go To Therapy and a fiction editor for Patchwork Literary Magazine in Iowa. 

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

Sydney is a beginner guitar player, a frequent horoscope reader, a liturgy enthusiast,  a coffee snob, and a lover of so, so many people, without whom their work would not exist.