Drew Hayden Taylor

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Drew Hayden Taylor (born 1 July 1962) is a Canadian playwright, author and journalist.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Curve Lake, Ontario, Taylor is part Ojibwa and part Caucasian. About his background Taylor says: "I plan to start my own nation. Because I am half Ojibway half Caucasian, we will be called the occasions. And of course, since I’m founding the new nation, I will be a special occasion." [1] He also mused in a Globe and Mail essay: "Fighting over status/non-status, Métis, skin colour etc., only increases the sense of dysfunction in our community." [2]

He writes about First Nations culture, and has also been a frequent contributor to various magazines including This Magazine. His writing includes plays, short stories, essays, newspaper columns and film and television work. In 2004 he was appointed to the Ontario Ministry of Culture Advisory Committee.

As well as his writing, Taylor has been the artistic director of Native Earth Performing Arts, and has taught at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre. He co-created the series Mixed Blessings for APTN in 2007, and has been a writer for The Beachcombers, Street Legal and North of 60.

Taylor has held writer-in-residence positions at Native Earth Performing Arts, Cahoots Theatre, the University of Michigan, The University of Western Ontario, the Stephen Leacock Festival, the Blyth Festival, Lüneburg University, and Ryerson University.[3]


Drew Hayden Taylor talks about Motorcycles and Sweetgrass on Bookbits radio.
  • Toronto at Dreamer's Rock (1990)
  • Education is Our Right (1990)
  • Pictures on the Wall (1990)
  • The Bootlegger Blues (1991)
  • A Contemporary Gothic Indian Vampire Story (1992)
  • Someday (1993)
  • The All Complete Aboriginal Show Extravaganza (1994)
  • Funny, You Don't Look Like One (1996, essays)
  • Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth (1998)
  • Fearless Warriors (1998, short fiction)
  • The Baby Blues (1999)
  • 400 Kilometres (1999)
  • Further Adventures of a Blue-Eyed Ojibway: Funny, You Don't Look Like One Two (1999, essays)
  • alterNatives (2000)
  • The Boy in the Treehouse (2000)
  • Girl Who Loved Her Horses (2000)
  • Furious Observations of a Blue-Eyed Ojibway: Funny, You Don't Look Like One Three (2002, essays)
  • The Buz'Gem Blues (2002)
  • Futile Observations of a Blue-Eyed Ojibway: Funny, You Don't Look Like One Four (2004, essays)
  • 400 Kilometres (2005)
  • Me Funny (2006)
  • In a World Created by a Drunken God (2006)
  • The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel (2007)
  • The Berlin Blues (2007)
  • Me Sexy (2008)
  • Motorcycles and Sweetgrass (2010)
  • Dead White Writer on the Floor (2011)
  • God and the Indian (2014)
  • Take Us to Your Chief and Other Stories (2016)


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