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Ivan E. Coyote
Ivan Coyote.jpg
Ivan in 2017
Date of birth August 11, 1969
Nationality Canadian
Pronouns they/them[1]
Occupation writer

Ivan E. Coyote is a Canadian writer who has made significant contributions to the representation of queerness in Canadian literature. They have won the ReLit Award for Best Fiction (2007), and the Stonewall Honor Book Award (2017).

Ivan describes themself as "a trans person who doesn't fit neatly into the gender binary"[2] and has said "I don't want to be a man but don’t feel like a woman either, and that's a difficult place to be in, yet that is my authentic self and there is nothing harder than spending an entire lifetime trying to cover up your authentic self."[3] They also identify as butch[4]: "Nobody taught me how to be butch; I didn't even hear the word until I was twenty years old. I first became something I had no name for in solitude and only later discovered the word for what I was".[5]

They are married to Zena Sharman, a Canadian health researcher and writer.[1]


  • Boys Like Her (1998)
  • Close to Spider Man (2000)
  • Bow Grip (2006)
  • The Slow Fix (2008)
  • Missed Her (2010)
  • Persistence: All Ways Butch and Femme (2011)
  • One in Every Crowd (2012)
  • Gender Failure (2014, in collaboration with Rae Spoon)
  • Tomboy Survival Guide (2016)
  • Rebent Sinner (2019)



  1. 1.0 1.1 Black, Eleanor (17 August 2016). "Ivan Coyote: 'I always knew I was not the same as other little girls'". Stuff. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  2. Why we need gender-neutral bathrooms, Ivan Coyote, November 2015
  3. Pierets, JF. "Ivan E. Coyote". Et Alors? Magazinedate=. Retrieved 26 March 2020.
  4. "Gender Landmines: Trans Masculinities, Femininities, and Binaries: A Review of Ivan Coyote and Rae Spoon's Gender Failure". Casey the Canadian Lesbrarian. 7 July 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
  5. https://abcbookworld.com/writer/coyote-ivan-e/