About & Contact


My name is Jowita Bydlowska and I was born in Warsaw, Poland. I moved to Canada as a teenager. Currently, I live in Toronto.

I wrote a controversial, best-selling memoir Drunk Mom published by Doubleday Canada and HarperCollins Australia (2013) & Penguin USA (2014).  I also wrote the best-selling novel GUY  published by Buckrider Books (2016). My next novel, Possessed, will be published in 2022 (Rare Machines). I also write and publish short stories. My most recent story Ghostrider (2021) has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and I hope to win. My story Mother (2021) has been selected to be published in The Best Canadian Short Stories 2021. 

I'm currently working on a new manuscript titled MONSTER, and I publish excerpts from it (along with some nsfw photography) on my alter ego Instagram account. 

I teach creative writing at X University and I mentor clients individually. I’ve edited a number of book-length manuscripts, consulted on both non-fiction (memoir) and fiction.

For fun, I read, ride my bikemake music mixeswander around, and take pictures

As a journalist, I mainly write about culture, social issues and mental health. Sometimes arts and fashion, too. I’ve been published in the National Post, the Globe and Mail, Salon magazine, The Times UK, Elle, FASHION, Chatelaine, Hazlitt, THIS magazine, She Does the City, the CBC, etc.

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Transatlantic Agency
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 3500
Toronto ON
Canada M4W 1A8

Telephone: 416-488-9214

Fax: 416-929-3174

I have received generous financial assistance that has enabled me to write from the following granting bodies: