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

In 2013, I published a controversial memoir 
Drunk Mom (Doubleday Canada,  HarperCollins Australia, and Penguin USA).  In 2016, I published my first novel, GUY  (Buckrider Books with Wolsak & Wynn). My last novel, Possessed was published in 2022 (Rare Machines with Dundrun). I also write short stories. My story Mother (2021) has been selected to be published in The Best Canadian Short Stories 2022. My next short story is coming out with Dundrun Press in the Secret Sex anthology (a collection of erotic stories by some of the sexiest writers in CanLit, which sounds like an oxymoron but isn't). 

My next novel is called Monster and is a story of hunger, sex and revenge. I'm currently working on a non-fiction book on the topic of shame. Occasionally, I write about shame on my Substack, Unshaming (which is also the working title of that book).

I teach creative writing at the Metropolitan University of Toronto, TMU, and I mentor clients individually. I’ve edited a number of book-length manuscripts, consulted on both non-fiction (memoir) and fiction. I've also published a couple of books as a ghostwriter. 


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

For fun, I take pictures, spend time with my teenager, and my chihuahua. I don't have any hobbies; I take everything seriously.  

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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:

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