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Writer, artist and musician Kayt Burgess was born in Manitouwadge, Ontario and grew up in Elliot Lake. She studied classical music at the University of Western Ontario, publishing at Humber College, and creative writing at the University of Auckland and Bath Spa University. Her novel Heidegger Stairwell was published by 3 Day Books and Arsenal Pulp press in September 2012 and shortlisted for the 2013 ReLit Award for Fiction. Burgess is a staff writer on the hit fitness app Zombies, Run!. She is currently a PhD candidate and lecturer in Digital Writing at Bath Spa University and splits her time between the UK and Canada.


"Heidegger Stairwell". Novel. 3 Day Books, Vancouver, CANADA. September 2012

"The Soprano". Short Story Single. Found Press, Toronto, Canada. May, 2013.

"Arkanov's Stairs". Short Story. The Pinch Journal, Tennessee, USA. September 2011.


Grand Prize Winner, 34th Annual 3 Day Novel Contest. CANADA 2012.

University of New Orleans Writing Residency Abroad Contest. Fiction Winner. USA 2011.

Shortlisted, Bridport Prize. UK 2012.

Shortlisted, 35th Annual 3 Day Novel Contest. CANADA

Wynterblue Wynlit 73 Novella Contest. Overall Winner. CANADA. 2011.

Magnus Theatre Young Playwright Challenge (Overall Winner 1996 and 1997)


Reading and Book Signing, Different Drummer Books, Burlington, Canada, 2012

Reading and Book Signing, Sault Ste. Marie Public Library, SSM, Canada, 2012

Reading and Book Signing, Gallery at the Centre, Elliot Lake, Canada, 2012

Reading, Victory Cafe, Heidegger Stairwell Launch, Toronto, Canada, 2012

Featured Reader, Voodoo Rooms, University New Orleans Readings, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2011

Michael Tippett Centre Reading, Newton St. Loe, England, 2008.

Bath Literary Festival. "You Heard it Here First", Bath, England, 2008.

Strata Literary Series, Auckland, New Zealand, 2006.


PhD Digital Writing, Bath Spa University

Certificate in Professional Learning in Highter Education, Bath Spa University

MA Creative Writing, Bath Spa University

Postgraduate Certificate Creative Book Publishing, Humber College

PGDip English/ MCW, University of Auckland

ARCT Vocal Performance, Royal Conservatory of Music

Postgraduate Certificate Church Music, Laurentian University

BmusA, University of Western Ontario


Ontario Arts Council, 2017 Writers' Reserve

Canada Council for the Arts, Grants to Professional Writers 2017

Ontario Arts Council, 2015 Writers' Work In Progress

Ontario Arts Council, 2012 Writers' Reserve

Ontario Arts Council, 2011 Writers' Reserve

Short news

Heidegger Stairwell

Heidegger Stairwell Front Cover Music journalist Evan Strocker has almost finished a book about his time with Heidegger Stairwell, an indie-rock legend from small-town Ontario whose members he has known his whole life. But the band thinks he's left a little too much of himself on the page - letting his experiences as a transgender man and his complicated "romance" with the lead guitarist eclipse the story of the group's dramatic rise and fall. Through notes and marginalia, the musicians argue over their friend's version of the truth and fight to put their own testimony on the record. And, as Strocker's manuscript finally comes together, both band and writer are forced to face a shocking new event that will change their fortunes once again. Published by 3 Day Books and Arsenal Pulp Press. September 2012.

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Upcoming Events

Check back regularly for upcoming events.

Past Events

Reading and Book Signing
Friday, October 12, 2012
7:00 p.m.
A Different Drummer Books
Burlington, Ontario
Book Signing
Saturday, October 13, 2012
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Chapters Book Store
Oakville, Ontario
Book Signing and Reading
Friday, October 5,
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Sault Ste. Marie Public Library
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
Book Signing and Reading
Saturday, October 6,
Reading at 2:00 p.m., Signing until 4:00 p.m.,
Gallery at the Centre,
Lester B. Pearson Civic Centre
Elliot Lake, Ontario
Launch and Celebration
Wednesday, August 29,
7p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Victory Cafe, Toronto
581 Markham Street, Upstairs

Artist Statement

I write novels, short stories, plays, digital and graphic works in compound genres in a variety of subjects. Most recently I have created and published fiction exploring digital-age, Canadian and gender identity issues; gaming addiction; astrophysics; science as isolator; the culture of classical music; the dynamics of cooperative art; the First World War; and espionage. No matter the genre I work in, I am always concerned with exploring the nuances of human interaction, especially in unexpected friendships and romances. As well, I investigate questions of identity and study the filters through which we translate others and ourselves. My current work focuses on technogenesis and the cognitive relationship between creator and chosen medium.


Review of Heidegger Stairwell at Pickle Me This Book Blog

Review of prize-winning short story "Arkanov's Stairs" that appeared in The Pinch literary journal

Review of Heidegger Stairwell by Author James Aitcheson

Interview with Canada Writes about the 3 Day Novel Contest.

Proust Questionnaire with Open Book Canada

Writing About Music: An Interview with Kayt Burgess @ 49th Shelf.

Interview with Toronto Star about the 3 Day Novel Contest

Interview with the Aurora Era Banner about the 3 Day Novel Contest

Interview with the Sault Ste. Marie Star about Heidegger Stairwell


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