darryl joel berger


I write – so far two collections of short stories, Punishing Ugly Children, published in 2010 by Killick Press, and Dark All Day, published by John Gosslee Books in 2013. The original manuscript for Punishing Ugly Children won the 2007 David Adams Richards Prize and the subsequent book was short-listed for the 2011 ReLit Awards. My writing has appeared in magazines like Prairie Fire, Descant, Windsor Review, Geist, Subterrain, The Fiddlehead, Hayden’s Ferry Review, The New Quarterly, Event and many others, including online publications like Knee Jerk, Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency and The Loose Canon. My short story “Scissors” was a finalist in the 2007 Commonwealth Short Story Competition.

I draw and illustrate and paint – building art to go with stories, both written and only imagined, as parts working together, and needing each other. Desperately. I love to rescue and repurpose found or discarded things, especially through collage, reinventing them as art objects. I sell these things on Etsy. I send people miniature personal essays via an irregular Tinyletter.

I design for a living (I guess). I do that living in Kingston, Ontario (Canada), which is a grey, haunted place on the edge of a giant, foaming lake. There are spiders everywhere. Thankfully, I have my wife and daughter to protect me.

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