Kai Cheng Thom

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Kai Cheng Thom is a Canadian writer and social worker[1], who has dual masters degrees in social work and couple and family therapy from McGill University[2]. She has published three books to date: the novel Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl's Confabulous Memoir (2016),[3] the poetry collection a place called No Homeland (2017),[4] and a children's book, From the Stars in The Sky to the Fish in the Sea (2017).[5] Her fourth book, I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl's Notes from the End of the World, a book of essays centred on transformative justice, is forthcoming in fall 2019.

Fierce Femmes was a shortlisted Lambda Literary Award nominee for Transgender Fiction at the 29th Lambda Literary Awards,[6] and Thom won the 2017 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ writers.[7] The Dayne Ogilvie jury, consisting of writers Jane Eaton Hamilton, Elio Iannacci and Trish Salah, cited Thom's work as "sheer joyful exuberance, creativity, and talent", calling Fierce Femmes "a delicious and fabulist refashioning of a trans memoir as fiction" and "a genre-breaking refusal of the idea that the only stories trans people have to tell are their autobiographies."[7]

In 2018, a place called No Homeland was a shortlisted finalist for the Publishing Triangle Award for Trans and Gender-Variant Literature.[8]


  1. ^ "Author Kai Cheng Thom on Writing a New Kind of Transgender Memoir". Teen Vogue, April 5, 2017.
  2. ^ "The (trans) kids are all right: What gender-affirming health care really means". Retrieved 2019-08-22.
  3. ^ "A Creation Story for Trans Girls, a Review of Kai Cheng’s Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir". Plenitude, December 7, 2016.
  4. ^ "Between the World and Poetry: A Review of Kai Cheng Thom’s a place called No Homeland". Plenitude, April 18, 2017.
  5. ^ "From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea". Quill & Quire, November 2017.
  6. ^ "M.E. Girard, Vivek Shraya among 13 Canadians nominated for 2017 Lambda Literary Awards". Quill & Quire, March 14, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Toronto’s Kai Cheng Thom wins Ogilvie Prize for LGBTQ Emerging Writers". National Post, June 5, 2017.
  8. ^ "Catherine Hernandez, Kai Cheng Thom up for Triangle Awards". Quill & Quire, March 12, 2018.