Daniel Karasik is the usually Toronto-based author of five books of drama, poetry, and fiction, most recently Faithful and Other Stories (Guernica Editions). Their 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 they have held a commission. A winner of the CBC Literary Award for Fiction and the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Emerging Artist Award, Daniel has contributed critical writing to the Globe and Mail, National Post, and Briarpatch Magazine. They are a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where they completed 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. They have facilitated writing workshops with prisoners at Chicago’s Cook County Jail; currently they volunteer with a restorative justice-oriented healing/rehabilitation program for formerly incarcerated people. They are a member of the Toronto New Socialists, an organizer with the Fight For $15 and Fairness labour justice movement and the Jewish anti-occupation group If Not Now, and a Senior Fellow at the Ryerson University-based Centre For Free Expression.

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