© 2019 by Carolyne Topdjian.

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I’m a writer, essayist, and novelist with a background in visual arts, art history, and philosophy. My creative endeavours gravitate toward fusions of gothic mystery, noir suspense, and surrealist fantasy. From a young age, I’ve been interested in creepy stories that blend the beautiful with the broken, (think The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux; my obsession when I was twelve). As an Armenian-Canadian of the diaspora born in Lebanon, I’m invested in themes of displacement and belonging. My writing often explores existential questions—moments when people are caught in dark states of transition, contradiction, and flux.

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I studied creative writing at the Humber School for Writers and obtained an interdisciplinary PhD from York University. My publications include short fiction in literary magazines such as PRISM and Firewords. I've also published scholarly essays on posthumanism and surrealism, both topics that influence my storytelling. When not reading and writing, I teach in the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts at Humber College in Toronto. I'm currently a mentor for Pitch Wars.