What does Drew Hayden Taylor enjoy more: writing plays, or writing books? “Apples and oranges, or more accurately, veal piccata or chicken mole,” he replies. “Both unique and specific, equally tasty. Cannot decide.”
Drew, an award-winning Ojibway playwright, novelist, scriptwriter, and journalist originally from the Curve Lake First Nations in central Ontario, is the author of more than twenty-five books.
“One of those dangerous writers who knows the potential of humour, and how far it can reach into society, how deep it can cut, how quickly it can heal,” says author Thomas King of Drew’s work.
Drew’s most recent book is Me Artsy, the third in a popular series he edited. Me Artsy examines artists’ inspiration and contemporary indigenous art. The anthology features fourteen contributors from varied disciplines: filmmaking, gourmet cuisine, blues piano, fashion design, acting, writing, painting, and traditional drumming and storytelling.
Me Funny, the first in his series, is about Native humour. “By turns serious, ironic, aggressive, sly, subversive, academically dense and out loud belly-laugh funny,” wrote The Globe and Mail. Me Sexy, book two, considers Native sexuality. The collection of essays “approaches such questions with humour and grace” and is “characterized throughout by a fluid perspective on erotic identity,” according to a review in Quill & Quire.
Among his many successes, Drew wrote a made-for-television movie based on his play In a World Created by a Drunken God. The play was nominated for a Governor General’s Award, while the movie was nominated for three Gemini Awards. His novel Motorcycles & Sweetgrass was nominated for a Governor General’s Award for fiction.
Drew lives in Toronto, travels a lot, and desperately tries to find time to do his laundry.