Recently named writer-in-residence at the Vancouver Public Library, we spent 69 Seconds With Ivan E. Coyote, writer, artist, performer, filmmaker and story-teller extraordinaire.
01.Your first job.
Babysitting my many cousins, and then first real paycheque job was pumping gas on the Alaska Highway. At a Husky.
02.The job you wanted as a child.
Firefighter and famous spy.
03.What gets you up in the morning?
04.What puts you to sleep at night?
05.Favourite stage play of all time.
06.Favourite song and/or artist.
There are too many. My Own Personal Jesus, Johnny Cash version is up there right now.
07.One word your best friend would use to describe you.
Tenacious. Soft hearted. Tidy. Doesn’t follow directions well.
08.When I was last in Vancouver the one thing I had to do was.
09.Complete this sentence: On Sunday mornings I…
like to tie her up. Also, make fancy lattes and read in bed.
MEET ivan coyote
Ivan Coyote was born and raised in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. An award-winning author of five collections of short stories, one novel, two CD’s, four short films and a renowned performer, Ivan’s first love is live storytelling, and over the last fifteen 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’s column, Loose End has appeared monthly in Xtra West magazine since 2001. Her first novel, Bow Grip, was released in the fall of 2006, and was awarded the Relit award for best fiction and named by the American Library Association as a Stonewall honor book in literature.
Ivan recently completed an eight-month writer in residence at Carleton University in Ottawa, and is hard at work on her second novel. Her fifth collection of stories, The Slow Fix, was released in September, and has been nominated for a Lambda award.