Kirsteen MacLeod is a writer and yoga teacher who lives in Kingston, Ontario. The Animal Game is her debut collection of short fiction. Praised by author Helen Humphreys as “beautifully written” and by Diane Schoemperlen as a “captivating debut”, the Animal Game’s nine short stories, take us on a zigzag global journey in search of meaning. Tim Wynne-Jones adds that “MacLeod’s writing is vivid and deft. Darkly humourous and then suddenly touching” – this is a wayward meditation on travel and home, reality and illusion, and seeking one’s place in the world. Written with compassion and insight, the collection’s intersecting stories explore inner landscapes and countries of the heart – Brazil, Toronto, Bahamas, IndiaReaders are transported and return transformed, joining the book’s characters as they walk, and often stumble, down the uncertain path we all travel to find our true, essential selves.

Kirsteen was born in Glasgow, Scotland, lived in Toronto and Brazil, and has worked as a magazine writer, communicator, and editor for 30 years.

Appearing in: 49. Hometown Heroes: New Authors