Daniel Allen Cox

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Daniel Allen Cox
Born (1976-02-03) February 3, 1976 (age 45)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Notable worksShuck, Krakow Melt

Daniel Allen Cox (born February 3, 1976) is a Canadian author and screenwriter. Cox's novels Shuck and Krakow Melt were both finalists for the Lambda Literary Award and the ReLit Award.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Cox was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, where he was raised a Jehovah's Witness. His novella Tattoo This Madness In, about a young Jehovah’s Witness who uses Smurf tattoos to rebel against his faith, was nominated for an Expozine Alternative Press Award.[3]

Shuck, his debut novel about a New York City hustler, was a Lambda Literary Award and a ReLit Award finalist. In the 1990s, Cox worked in pornography and modeled nude for New York City art photographers Stanley Stellar and Reed Massengill, as well as for Richard Kern, pioneer of the Cinema of Transgression movement.[4][5][6]

Cox’s second novel Krakow Melt, about Polish pyromaniacs who fight homophobia, was excerpted in the US-based magazine The Advocate,[7] nominated for the Ferro-Grumley Award, and named to the American Library Association’s Over the Rainbow List. The novel formed the basis of three essays in the debut issue of The Word Hoard, academic journal of the Department of English and Writing Studies at Western University.[8][9][10]

Cox co-wrote the screenplay for the Bruce LaBruce film Gerontophilia which premiered at the Venice Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.[11]

The author’s third and fourth novels, Basement of Wolves and Mouthquake, were also published by Arsenal Pulp Press.[12][13] An excerpt of Mouthquake was translated for Nova Istra literary journal, the first queer text to be published in the Chakavian dialect of Croatian, as well as the first text to introduce the personage of Antonio Barichievich, Croatian-Canadian strongman, to a Croatian literary audience.[14][15] Cox read the entire novel verbatim at a durational performance, the last event held at RATS9 gallery in Montreal.[16]

Cox has appeared at Ottawa International Writers Festival, Blue Metropolis Montréal International Literary Festival,[17] Winnipeg International Writers Festival, GritLit Festival, Westfest, Atlanta Queer Literary Festival, the San Francisco Sex Worker Film, Art & Music Festival, and Naked Heart Festival. At a Writers with Drinks event in San Francisco, Cox read with Marcia Clark, the prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial.[18] He has spoken at numerous universities, and was interviewed on CBC Radio One and on Airelibre TV.[19]

Cox’s work has been published or is forthcoming in several literary journals, including Fourth Genre, Maisonneuve, Open Book Toronto, and filling Station. He is a former columnist for Xtra! and former president of the Quebec Writers' Federation, where he also served as a fiction writing mentor.


  • Episodes of Deflated Magic (short story chapbook, Fever Press, 2004) ISBN 0-9732424-1-8
  • Year of the Thief (anthology story, Thieves Jargon Press, 2006) ISBN 0-9770750-1-X
  • Tattoo This Madness In (novella, Dusty Owl Press, 2006) ISBN 0-9739266-4-3
  • Shuck (novel, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2008) ISBN 978-1-55152-246-3
  • Second Person Queer (anthology essay, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009) ISBN 978-1-55152-245-6
  • I Like It Like That (anthology story, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2009) ISBN 978-1-55152-259-3
  • Krakow Melt (novel, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2010) ISBN 978-1-55152-372-9
  • Best Gay Stories (anthology story, Lethe Press, 2011) ISBN 978-1-59021-227-1
  • Basement of Wolves (novel, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2012) ISBN 978-1-55152-446-7
  • Mouthquake (novel, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015) ISBN 978-1-55152-604-1


  1. ^ "21st Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary. February 18, 2010.
  2. ^ "22nd Annual Lambda Literary Awards". Lambda Literary. June 27, 2011.
  3. ^ Roberts, Laura (2008). "DF'd and out in Montreal". The Link. Archived from the original on April 2, 2018. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  4. ^ "Shucking the Hustler Game". Quill & Quire. 2008. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  5. ^ Dupuis, Chris (September 10, 2008). "Daniel Allen Cox's new book Shuck". Xtra. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  6. ^ "Band of Thebes". Band of Thebes. 2012.
  7. ^ "The Ninio in the Room". The Advocate. September 16, 2010.
  8. ^ Matthew Halse, Dock Currie (July 15, 2012). "Prometheus Queer". The Word Hoard. Issue 1.
  9. ^ Wennekers, Eileen (July 15, 2012). "The Progeny of Prometheus: Solidarity as Gift". Word Hoard. Issue 1.
  10. ^ Stepaniuk, Casey (July 15, 2012). "Publishing and Reading as Dissent: Resistance, Literary Tourism and Arsenal Pulp Press". Word Hoard. Issue 1.
  11. ^ "Schedule for Giornate Degli Autori, Venice Film Festival, 2015". Venice Days. 2015. Archived from the original on August 11, 2013.
  12. ^ Burnett, Richard (May 1, 2012). "Porn star, author and Expos fanatic: The many lives of MTL enfant terrible Daniel Allen Cox". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  13. ^ Colbert, Jade (March 25, 2017). "Review: New fiction from Pauline Holdstock, Paul Yee, and Daniel Allen Cox". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved April 1, 2018.
  14. ^ "Trusna usta". Nova Istra. XXI.54. Fall–Winter 2016.
  15. ^ Cox, Daniel Allen (August 10, 2015). "The Myth of Fluency and a Search for New Language". Lambda Literary. Archived from the original on August 18, 2015.
  16. ^ Marsillo, Cassandra (September 15, 2015). "Montreal Rampage". Montreal Rampage.
  17. ^ "Azure Scratchings: Eastern Europe Today". Blue Metropolis. 2012. Archived from the original on April 2, 2018.
  18. ^ "Writers with Drinks". Indybay. October 16, 2010.
  19. ^ Nasrallah, Dimitri (November 2015). "Between the Pages: Gay Writing Culture". Between the Pages (Airelibre TV). Archived from the original on April 2, 2018. Retrieved April 1, 2018.

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