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Sydney Hegele  is a fiction author, poet, and essayist from small town Southern Ontario.

They are the author of The Pump (Invisible Publishing 2021), a National Indie Bestseller, winner of the 2022 ReLit Literary Award for Short Fiction and a finalist for the 2022 Trillium Book Award, and the author of the poetry chapbook The Last Thing I Will See Before I Die (845 Press 2022).

Their novel Bird Suit, a lakeside gothic & queer folktale, told through myths, conjecture, witness, and belief, which explores intergenerational trauma, faith, mental health, and intimacy in all its forms, is forthcoming from Invisible Publishing in Spring 2024.

Their essay collection Bad Kids, about their experience of Dissociative Identity Disorder through a pop culture lens, will be edited by award-winning memoirist Alicia Elliot and is forthcoming from Invisible Publishing in Fall 2025. 

They live with their husband and French Bulldog on Treaty 13 Land (Toronto, Canada), the traditional territory of many nations including the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples, and 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. Sydney's essays 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.

Photos by sarah bodri
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