Ivan Coyote was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. An award-winning author of four collections of short stories and a renowned performer, Ivan’s first love is live storytelling, and over the last twelve years she has become an audience favourite at music, poetry, spoken word and writer’s festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam. The Globe and Mail called Ivan “a natural-born storyteller” and Ottawa X Press said “Coyote is to CanLit what k.d. lang is to country music: a beautifully odd fixture.” Toronto Star praises Coyote’s “talent for sketching the bizarre in the everyday”, and Quill’s Magazine says Ivan has a “distinctive and persuasive voice, a flawless sense of pacing, and an impeccable sense of story.” Ivan is a columnist for Xtra West magazine, writes regularly for The Georgia Straight and CBC Radio, and pops up in periodicals all across the continent. Ivan is currently at work writing a graphic novel with her cousin, artist and illustrator Dan Bushnell, and recording a CD of live stories with music by songwriters Veda Hille, Dan Mangan, and Rae Spoon. Her first novel, Bow Grip, was released in the fall of 2006 and was recently awarded the Relit award for best fiction.