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Kai Conradi is a queer and trans poet and short story writer from Cumberland, BC. They are currently finishing an under­graduate degree in writing at the University of Victoria. Kai’s work has appeared in Poetry, The Malahat Review, and Grain, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the National Magazine Awards. “Every True Artist” is their first published story and also appears in Best Canadian Stories 2019.

Award History

2019 Finalist

Writers’ Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize
for Every True Artist

Jury Citation

"With humour as dry as the desert landscape it is set in, 'Every True Artist' explores the absurdity of artistic creation. Yula Curtain experiences something familiar to many emerging artists: a residency gone wrong. Despite an AWOL residency coordinator, hostile locals, and derelict motel housing, her arid surroundings give her a bounty of inspiration in unexpected ways. Kai Conradi expertly paints this side-splitting tale of an amateur about to embark on the (mis)adventure of a lifetime."

—2019 Journey Prize Jury Carleigh Baker, Catherine Hernandez, and Joshua Whitehead

Works recognized by WT