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. I also publish short stories. Like hereOr here. Or here. (This one was picked for Best Canadian Short Stories 2017.)

I teach creative writing at Ryerson 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. I’ve been published in the National Post, the Globe and Mail, Salon magazine, The Times UK, Elle, FASHION, Chatelaine, Hazlitt, THIS magazine, etc. I write an occasional column for the cbc.ca on the topic of mental health. I’m a frequent contributor to The Fix magazine. I’ve never been published by VICE except when I trolled them twice back in my 20s. I’m funnier in person.

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