Drew Haden Taylor
An Ojibway from the Curve Lake First Nations in Ontario, Drew Hayden Taylor has worn many hats in his
25-year literary career, from performing stand-up comedy at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., to
being Artistic Director of Canada's premiere, Native Earth Performing Arts at the Canadian theatre
company. He has been an award-winning playwright (with over 70 productions of work), a
journalist/columnist (appearing regularly in several Canadian newspapers and magazines), short-story
writer (Me Funny and Me Sexy, published by Douglas & McIntyre), novelist (The Night Wanderer: A Native
Gothic Novel published by Annick Press), television scriptwriter, and has worked on over 17
documentaries exploring the Native experience. Most notably, he wrote and directed Redskins, Tricksters,
and Puppy Stew, a documentary on Native humour for the National Film Board of Canada.
He has traveled to sixteen countries around the globe, spreading the gospel of Native literature to the
world. Through many of his books, most notably the four volume set of the Funny, You Don’t Look Like One
series, he has tried to educate and inform the world about issues that reflect, celebrate, and interfere
in the lives of Canada's First Nations.
Self described as a contemporary storyteller in whatever form, he co-created and for three years was the
head writer for Mixed Blessings, a television comedy series. In 2007, a made-for-tv movie he wrote based
on his Governor General's nominated play, In a World Created by a Drunken God, was nominated for three
Gemini Awards, including Best Movie. Originally it aired on APTN and opened the American Indian Film
Festival in San Francisco, and the Dreamspeakers Film Festival in Edmonton.
The last few years has seen him proudly serve as the Writer-In-Residence at the University of Michigan,
the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Luneburg (Germany), as well as a host of
Canadian theatre companies i.e. Cahoots Theatre, Blyth Theatre, etc. His most recent publications
include Motorcycles & Sweetgrass, a novel which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for
fiction; News: Postcards From the Four Directions, a collection a articles and essays exploring Native
existence as he sees it; and a play called Dead White Writer on the Floor. Randomhouse proudly
proclaimed him “One of the new faces of fiction for 2010.”
More importantly, he is still desperately trying to find the time to do his laundry.