Daniel Karasik is the usually Toronto-based author of five books of drama, poetry, and fiction, most recently Faithful and Other Stories (Guernica Editions). His writing for the theatre has been produced across Canada, in the US, and frequently in translation in Germany; it has been developed by the UK’s Royal Court Theatre, off-Broadway’s The New Group, and the Stratford Festival, from which he has held a commission. A winner of the CBC Literary Award for Fiction and the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award, he has contributed critical writing to the Globe and Mail, National Post, and Partisan Magazine. He is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where he received an MA in political theory and became involved in democratic socialist organizing, with a particular interest in prison abolition, gender self-determination, and the protection/extension of civil liberties more broadly. He has facilitated writing workshops with inmates at Chicago’s Cook County Jail; currently he volunteers with a restorative justice-oriented rehabilitation program for former prisoners. He is a member of the Toronto New Socialists and a Senior Fellow at the Ryerson University-based Centre For Free Expression.

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