ABOUT

Kevin, signing copies of Summer on Fire at his book launch at Blue Heron Books in Uxbridge, Ontario.

Kevin Craig is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Ontario. His poetry and fiction has been published internationally. Kevin is a proud member of the Writers’ Community of Durham Region–he has twice served on their Board of Directors. He was also a founding member on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Writer’s Conference. He recently stepped down from the Ontario Writers’ Conference board to invest more time in his own writing. Naturally, he wishes the OWC the best of success in the future. He’s looking forward to participating in the conference next May as an attendee!

Kevin created a photo blog to capture his travels to Kenya, where he took part in the 2009 Summer Literary Seminars Kenya Writing Program. He is set to revive the blog with further travel adventures soon (including a walk on the Camino in Spain in May, 2014): www.AWRITERTRAVELS.com

Kevin Craig is represented by Stacey Donaghy of Donaghy Literary Group:

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Kevin’s debut novel, the young adult title SUMMER ON FIRE, is available from Museitup Publishing. It can be purchased (in ebook OR paperback) through Muse’s online bookstore, or at the following sites: Barnes & Noble, Chapters, Amazon, and more!

Kevin’s 2nd novel, the adult title SEBASTIAN’S POET, was released in July, 2012 by Musa Publishing. Sebastian’s Poet is the story of a young boy growing up in the 1970s Beaches district of Toronto…and the struggles he faced after he and his brother were abandoned by their mother and left with a shell of a father.

Kevin’s 3rd novel, the adult title THE REASON‘s, was released in 2013 by Musa Publishing.

The Reasons – In the midst of absence, death, and insanity, Tobias longs to make his family whole again.

With a mostly absent father, a deceased older sister, a younger sister on the verge of invisibility, and a certifiably insane mother, Tobias Reason is forced to grow up quickly. Though he tries to be a surrogate parent to his sister, their broken mother, Maggie, takes up a lot of his time. Annabel falls to the wayside and becomes a ghost in their chaotic existence.

When Maggie flippantly hands her mother’s house over to Tobias, he sees an opportunity to learn how and why his family became so shattered. Be careful what you wish for. When his world begins to collapse from the weight of unburied secrets, he focuses on a stranger from his parents’ past. Only by eliminating the past, he believes, can he make his family whole again.

Kevin’s 4th and 5th novels were just sold to CURIOSITY QUILLS. Both novels will be published in the Fall of 2014. See the details below:

Kevin Craig’s HALF DEAD AND FULLY BROKEN. Separated by death an unpopular teen is haunted by his popular and recently deceased identical twin who just won’t stay dead. Having the face of a dead man is hard enough when no one wants to be reminded of the loss, but having your dead brother enter your body to complete his unfinished business adds a new level to the awkward teen years, to Andrew Buckley at Curiosity Quills Press for publication in Fall 2014 by Stacey Donaghy at Donaghy Literary Group (World English)

Kevin Craig’s BURN BABY, BURN BABY. After a deliberately unfathomable act of violence destroys his looks and self-confidence, a teen attempts to navigate high school while being relentlessly bullied by a jock, subjected to a near death experience that brings forward an unlikely saviour. When he meets a girl who seems to be interested in him for who he is and not what he looks like, it seems to good to be true, to Andrew Buckley at Curiosity Quills Press for publication in Fall 2014, by Stacey Donaghy at Donaghy Literary Group (World English)

Awards & Achievements

  • 2013 – Kevin was a Playwrights’ Mentoring Project Recipient for the 2013 InspiraTO Festival. He had two 10-minute plays produced at the festival in Toronto, Ontario at the Alumnae Theatre.
  • 2012 – Kevin was shortlisted for the WCDR Whispered Words Prose Contest. His story, Sun’ll Come, appears in the anthology
  • 2011 Muskoka Novel Marathon – Best Young Adult Novel Award for That’s Me in the Corner
  • 2010 Muskoka Novel Marathon – Best Young Adult Novel Award for Half Dead and Fully Broken. (Also won BIC award and ROCKSTAR award)
  • Awarded Fellowship to attend Summer Literary Seminars – 2010/2011
  • Top 10 Finalist – WCDR Wicked Words Prose Contest (Dec 09) – Honorable Mention.
  • 3rd Place Winner – Words Alive Memoir Contest (2009)
  • Awarded Fellowship to attend Summer Literary Seminars – Kenya (2009)
  • 2008 WCDR Member of the Year Award
  • 2008 Muskoka Novel Marathon – Best Adult Novel Award for The Reasons. (Also won BIC award)
  • 2007 Muskoka Novel Marathon – Best Adult Novel Award for Sebastian’s Poet. (Also won BIC award)
  • Artella Words & Art Poetic Idol Competition Winner: August, 2006 and again in August, 2007.
  • Artella Words & Art Poetic Idol: 2nd place in the April, 2006 competition.
  • 2006 Absolute Write Mother’s Day Poetry Contest: 2nd Place
  • 2006 Great Canadian Winter Novel Marathon: Most Prolific Writer Award
  • 2003 Mocha Memoirs Poetry Contest: 1st Place Winner

Poetry: ditch, the poetry that matters, Word Weaver, Toronto Quarterly, Author Scoop, Regina Weese, Love’s Ragpicker, Jones Av. Journal, Inscribed Magazine, Raven, Quills Poetry Magazine, Word Salad, Utmost, Heritage Writer Magazine, A Hint of Poetry, Holiday Writes Anthology,  Anything Goes Journal, Artella Words & Art, Bread ‘n Molasses, Future Looks Bright Anthology, Poetry Canada Magazine, The Phil Berrigan Institute for Nonviolence, Paragon Journal, Blue Skies Poetry, Message in a Bottle, Goodbye Billie Jean–An anthology dedicated to Michael Jackson, Hazard Cat, Everyday Poets, Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada’s Poem of the Month feature.

Kevin’s poetry chapbook, Flying Like Icarus, was published through Artella and is available at their site. Kevin has been a featured poet at various Toronto area venues.

Fiction & Drama: Word Weaver, India Journal, Nothing But Red Anthology, Mocha Memoirs, The Deepening, Daily Rant, Babel Magazine, Ink Spotter, three time Muskoka Novel Writing Marathon participant/winner (Best Adult Novel – 2007 – Sebastian’s Poet, Best Adult Novel – 2008 – The Reasons, Best Young Adult Novel – 2010 – Half Dead & Fully Broken). Kevin’s experimental horror piece, Rabacheeko, is published in the WCDR Wicked Words anthology.

Kevin has had five plays produced by Driftwood Theatre, for their TRAFALGAR24 PLAY CREATION FESTIVAL:

  • 2009 – PANIC IN THE BASEMENT
  • 2010 – MAID OF HONOUR
  • 2011 – THE SPEECH
  • 2012 – ACRONYMS FOR HAPPINESS
  • 2014 – THE HISTORY OF US

Kevin’s other produced plays include:

  • 2010 – THE SILVER DISK – As part of the Uxbridge Celebration of the Arts 25-Hour Masterpiece Gala
  • 2013 – PERFECT TIMING – As part of the main stage show in the InspiraTO Festival at the Alumnae Theatre in Toronto
  • 2013 – WALK-INS WELCOME – As part of the neighbourhood performances in the same InspiraTO Festival season

Kevin’s Young Adult Novel SUMMER ON FIRE is now available. His novel, Sebastian’s Poet, is available now from Musa Publishing. His 3rd novel, THE REASONS, is available through Musa Publishing!

Freelance Writing: Toronto Sun, Oshawa This Week, Esteem Magazine, Today’s Healthcare Careers Magazine, Lift Magazine, Word Weaver, There’s No Place Like Home Magazine, Current Day Health and Wellness, Ink Spotter, Live It! Magazine, Artella’s Passion Poetry, Write Gallery, Holistics Today, Get Connected Magazine.

Memoir: Globe & Mail, CBC Radio Canada, Captains of Consciousness, Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, Word Weaver, Words Alive.

Columns: The Columnists, Hockey Parent Lifestyle Magazine, Word Weaver.

Contact Kevin at kevintcraig @ hotmail dot com