Kai Cheng
Thom

Awards

2017 Winner

Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers

Jury Citation

“Kai Cheng Thom’s Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars is a delicious and fabulist refashioning of a trans memoir as fiction. It is a cacophonous coming-of-age story and a genre-breaking refusal of the idea that the only stories trans people have to tell are their autobiographies. Her poems in A Place Called No Homeland are jelly-tender, tough as knives. They ride the borderland into and through trauma, relationships, love, and power, and carry us out deepened and changed over to the other side. Thom’s work is sheer joyful exuberance, creativity, and talent.” -- 2017 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers Jury (Jane Eaton Hamilton, Elio Iannacci, and Trish Salah)