Long-Winded Bio


All bios are aspirational, and aspirations change: these days I don’t really aspire to have a public personality structured by the kinds of accomplishments in the bio below. Now my bio could read something like:

DK is a Canadian graduate student in Chicago who wants adequate concepts to live by, in both senses of the word “want.”

But the old bio is below because I’m vain and maybe it’ll trick you into taking me “seriously.”

Here’s a dog emoji: 🐶

And this is an octopus: 🐙


Daniel Karasik (b. December 20, 1986) is a writer and theatre artist typically based in Toronto. Currently he’s an MA candidate in politics, culture, and literature at the University of Chicago.

His plays have been produced professionally across Canada, in the United States, and frequently in translation in Germany. Recent theatre projects have been developed by Tarragon Theatre, off-Broadway’s The New Group, and the Stratford Festival, from which he’s held a commission. His critical writing on art and politics has appeared in The Globe and Mail, National Post, and Partisan, as well as on this site.

He’s the author of four books: The Crossing Guard & In Full Light, a volume of plays (Playwrights Canada Press); The Remarkable Flight of Marnie McPhee, a play for children (Playwrights Canada Press); Hungry, a poetry collection (Cormorant Books); and Little Death, a play (BookThug). A short story collection, Faithful and Other Stories, is forthcoming from Guernica Editions in 2017.

He’s been the winner of the CBC Literary Award for Fiction, the Toronto Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award, The Malahat Review‘s Jack Hodgins Founders’ Award for Fiction, the SummerWorks Performance Festival’s Jury Prize for Outstanding New Play, and the Canadian Jewish Playwriting Award; a finalist for the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play and the Herman Voaden National Playwriting Competition; and a nominee for the National Magazine Awards, the Western Magazine Awards, and the Pushcart Prize.

A former board member and treasurer for the Playwrights Guild of Canada and former board member for the Paprika Festival, he’s also served on the juries of the SummerWorks Performance Festival and the Governor General’s Literary Awards (drama).

His poems and stories have appeared in magazines across Canada and in the United States, England, and Ghana, including The Malahat Review, The North American Review, Air Canada’s EnRoute Magazine, Magma, The New Quarterly, Descant, and The Fiddlehead. He’s been a winner of the Toronto Star Poetry Contest, the Alta Lind Cook Prize, and the Norma Epstein National Literary Award, and he’s one of eleven poets featured in the Cormorant Books anthology Undercurrents: New Voices in Canadian Poetry, ed. Robyn Sarah.

As an actor, Daniel has performed lead roles at the Tarragon Theatre, Arts Club Theatre, and Modern Times Stage Company, as well as in many new plays at the Toronto SummerWorks and Fringe Festivals. Film/TV acting credits include projects with NBC, CBS, CTV, CBC, Alliance Atlantis, Walt Disney Films, Lifetime Network, and in independent Canadian film.


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