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Kai Cheng Thom is a tkaronto based writer and the author of six award-winning books. She is the recipient of the Publishing Triangle Award and the Stonewall Honor Book Award.
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This is a gallery of work specially created for #ThinAir2023. Spend time with writers you love, and discover some new favourites! Ceci est une galerie de travaux spécialement créée pour #ThinAir2023. Passez du temps avec des écrivains que vous aimez et découvrez de nouveaux favoris!

Kai Cheng Thom is a writer, performer, mediator, and community healer based in Toronto/tkaronto. The author of six award-winning book in multiple genres, Kai Cheng's work has been featured in The New York Times and Teen Vogue, among other platforms. Her first novel, Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars, was featured in Emma Watson's feminist book club, and her children's book, From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea was read aloud by Dame Julie Andrews on the podcast Julie's Library. Kai Cheng is a noted public speaker and thinker on the topics of peacemaking, Transformative Justice, and trauma healing. Her most recent book is the poetry collection Falling Back In Love With Being Human: Letters to Lost Souls.

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I hid many books from my parents! Most of them were LGBT-related, because I was closeted and my parents, like many people raising children in the 90s, didn’t have the resources they needed to be supportive. One example I remember particularly is the classic gay coming-of-age novel Blackbird by Larry Duplechan – I found it randomly in my local library, and it meant so much to me not only because it was gay, but because the author and main character were Black (I am not Black, I’m Chinese, but there were almost no queer books that featured non-white characters available to me, so it was still extremely meaningful).

“Oh,” the girl said, shaking her head. “Don’t be so simple. People adore monsters. They fill their songs and stories with them. They define themselves in relation to them. You know what a monster is, young shade? Power.  Power and choice. Monsters make choices. Monsters shape the world.”― Jim Butcher, Ghost Story

Cluttered, but I long to be clean!!!! I’m still fighting my cluttered nature, tooth and nail.

That I haven’t been kind enough. I have great anxiety about being “bad,” and longing to be good – but I also kind of enjoy being bad. Need to take that to the therapist!

To overthrow the cult of capitalism and live in a free world! Also to act in a musical.

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