"Stories can shake us. I want people to shake with rage and laughter and longing when they read my work. I hope they look up and squint at something distant they had never noticed before."
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 The Tiger and the Cosmonaut, forthcoming from Penguin Canada. His novel After Elias (Dundurn Press) was a finalist for the Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and the ReLit Best Novel Award, while The Rebellious Tide (Dundurn Press) was 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 anthologies from Arsenal Pulp Press and Wolsak & Wynn. Writers' Trust of Canada named him a rising star in Canadian literature in 2021.
Always eager to discuss his work, he has 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, CBC Radio, 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 tries to make the world a better place through social and climate activism and giving back to his communities. He has served on the Board of Directors of Writers' Trust of Canada since 2022, supporting their mission of celebrating and nurturing Canadian writers through all stages of their careers.
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