"I want people to feel things that are explosive and unexpected, to find new ways of seeing the familiar."
Eddy Boudel Tan writes stories from his book-filled apartment in the West End of Vancouver. His work depicts a world much like our own—the heroes are flawed, truth is distorted, and there is as much hope as there is heartbreak.
A second-generation Asian Canadian, Eddy celebrates diverse voices and provocative perspectives. He is proud to identify as queer and champion stronger LGBTQ+ representation in the arts. He's the author of two novels: After Elias, a finalist for the ReLit Awards and the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, and The Rebellious Tide, a finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBTQ Fiction. His short stories can be found in literary oases like Joyland, Yolk, Gertrude Press, and The G&LR, as well as two forthcoming anthologies. The Writers' Trust of Canada named him a rising star in Canadian literature in 2021.
Always eager to discuss his work, he’s appeared at the Vancouver Writers Fest, The Word on the Street Toronto, Winnipeg’s THIN AIR Festival, Washington D.C.’s OutWrite Festival, AWP Conference & Bookfair, and more.
He lives with his husband by the ocean where they host dinner parties, run along the beach, give standing ovations, and plot micro-revolutions. When he isn't planning his next novel or adventure abroad, he serves home-cooked meals to people living on the streets as cofounder of the Sidewalk Supper Project.
Eddy’s most valued form of education is travel. He has visited over thirty countries since three perspective-altering weeks building houses in El Salvador. Subsequent journeys have taken him from subterranean caves in Iceland to the tops of volcanoes in Indonesia.
Photography: Thomas Boudel Tan