Sydney Hegele  (formally Sydney Warner Brooman) is a queer fiction author, poet, and essayist from small town Southern Ontario. They are the author of The Pump (Invisible Publishing 2021), which won the 2022 ReLit Literary Award for Short Fiction and was 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. They live with their fiancé and French Bulldog on Treaty 13 Land (Toronto, Canada) which is the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, and is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

 

Sydney's writing often explores rural queerness, intergenerational trauma, environmental justice, mental illness, religious life, and the complicated relationships between these things. Their essays on life with dissociative identity disorder have been published in Catapult and Electric Literature, and featured by Lithub, The Poetry Foundation, and Psychology Today. They are on faculty at the Lighthouse Writer's Workshop in Denver, Co, where they teach craft workshops for both the Adult and Youth programs. 

 

Sydney currently serves as fiction editor of The Temz Review and a fiction and poetry reader for The Boston Review. They are a former Western University Student-Writer-in-Residence, a former Emerging Artist-in-Residence at the TAP Centre for Creativity in London, Ontario, and a former fiction editor of Patchwork Literary Magazine at the University of Iowa. Sydney received their Honors degree in English Language & Literature and Creative Writing at Western University, and they are an Alumnus of both the Tin House Summer Workshop and the Lighthouse Advanced Writer’s Workshop with Sheila Heti. A member of the Writer’s Union of Canada, Sydney has taught fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and publishing workshops for both adults and youth through Western University, Leading Word, The Conference of Independent Teachers of English, Kings College, Community Craft Classes, Pride London, and many others. 

 

Sydney's poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction work have 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.​ 

 

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Sydney Hegele (formally Sydney Warner Brooman) is a queer fiction author, poet, and essayist from small town Southern Ontario. They are the author of The Pump (Invisible Publishing 2021), which won the 2022 ReLit Literary Award for Short Fiction and was 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. They are on faculty at the Lighthouse Writer's Workshop in Denver, Co, where they teach craft workshops for both the Adult and Youth programs, and they live with their fiancé and French Bulldog on Treaty 13 Land (Toronto, Canada).