2018: Ivan Coyote

2018 Harmony Community Educator Award

Ivan Coyote

Ivan Coyote is the author of eleven books, the creator of four short films, six full-length live shows, and three albums that combine storytelling with music. He is a seasoned stage performer, and over the last two decades has become an audience favourite at storytelling, writer’s, film, poetry, and folk music festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam and Australia.

The Globe and Mail called Coyote “a natural-born storyteller.” Ottawa Xpress reported that “Coyote is to Canadian literature what k.d. lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture.”

Ivan often grapples with the complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity in their work, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation — but always with a generous heart, a quick wit, and the nuanced and finely-honed timing of a gifted raconteur. His stories remind of us of our own fallible and imperfect humanity while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.