Sydney Hegele (formally Sydney Warner Brooman) is the author of The Pump (Invisible Publishing 2021). They are the winner of the 2022 ReLit Literary Award for Short Fiction and a finalist for the 2022 Trillium Book Award. Their poetry chapbook The Last Thing I Will See Before I Die is forthcoming from 845 Press in 2022. Sydney is also a Tin House Summer Workshop Alumnus (2021), and they have recent work published in Catapult and Electric Literature. They live with their Fiancé and French Bulldog in Toronto, Canada. 


Sydney is represented by Cassie Mannes Murray at Triangle House Literary Agency for their debut novel Bird Suit, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts Research & Creation Program, and subsequent books Swallow! and Bad Kids. Please contact Cassie for more information. 

Sydney received an Honours 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, and Editorial Assistant for the Canadian Poetry Project. 

They are a former Artist-in-Residence at the TAP Centre for Creativity, and a former Fiction Editor of Patchwork Literary Magazine at the University of Iowa. Sydney's poetry, fiction, and experimental work has been published in American Chordata, The Quarantine Review, and others. Their short story "The Bottom" was shortlisted for The Malahat Review 2020 Open Season Awards.​ Their work frequently explores intergenerational trauma, religion, queerness, mental health, and intimacy in all its forms, against the backdrop of Southern Ontario Gothic small-town living.