Kai Cheng Thom

Kai Cheng Thom is an award-winning writer, performer, and community worker based in Toronto.  She has written and practiced extensively in the areas of queer and trans community development, mental health, and trauma-informed adult education, and hold two master’s degrees from McGill University.  Her book-length works include the novel Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars, the poetry collection a place called No Homeland, and the children’s book From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea.  Her most recent work is an essay collection titled I HOPE WE CHOOSE LOVE, on the intersection of transformative justice, social justice ethics, and community activism. Kai Cheng is the winner of the 2017 Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT Writers and a Lambda Literary Award finalist.  Her current interests include somatic approaches to community healing and cultural work, somatic sex education, and the creation of transformative justice frameworks of thought and praxis.