Greg Kearney

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Greg Kearney
BornKenora, Ontario Canada
Occupationnovelist, short story writer, playwright
Notable worksPretty, The Desperates

Greg Kearney is a Canadian writer. He was a humour columnist for Xtra! from 1999 to 2005,[1] and published his debut short story collection Mommy Daddy Baby in 2004.[2]

Born in Kenora, Ontario,[3] he is based in Toronto, where he studied theatre at York University.[3]

He was awarded an Honour of Distinction from the Dayne Ogilvie Prize in 2009,[4] and his second short story collection Pretty, published in 2011, won a ReLit Award in the short fiction category in 2012.[5]

His first novel, The Desperates, was published by Cormorant Books in 2013.[6]

He has also written several short plays for Buddies in Bad Times' annual Rhubarb Festival and Theatre Passe Muraille,[7] including Fruits and Crosses, Margot and the Great Big Plate, The Cry Sisters, The Betty Dean Fanzine, (555) 555 5555[8] and Cancun.[9] Cancun appears in the Sky Gilbert-edited anthology Perfectly Abnormal: Seven Gay Plays, published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2006, alongside plays by Harry Rintoul, Shawn Postoff, Christian Lloyd, Greg MacArthur, Ken Brand and Michael Achtman.[10]


  • Mommy Daddy Baby (2004, ISBN 978-1894692090)
  • Pretty (2011, ISBN 978-1550962208)
  • The Desperates (2013, ISBN 978-1770863026)


  1. ^ "Greg Kearney bids farewell". Xtra!, September 14, 2005.
  2. ^ "Mommy Daffy Baby". Quill & Quire, February 2005.
  3. ^ a b "Crazy wisdom". Xtra!, November 10, 2004.
  4. ^ "Toronto novelist wins award for emerging gay writer". CBC News, June 9, 2009.
  5. ^ "ReLit Awards 2012 winners announced" Archived 2013-12-19 at the Wayback Machine. Quill & Quire, October 30, 2012.
  6. ^ "Self-Doubt, Self-Sabotage & No Edit Button". In Toronto, November 2013.
  7. ^ Greg Kearney plays listing at
  8. ^ "Rhubarb and Cheese, Rhubarb and Cheese, Rhubarb and Cheese…". Torontoist, February 2, 2005.
  9. ^ "Rhubarb Profile: Cancun". BlogTO, February 10, 2006.
  10. ^ Perfectly Abnormal: Seven Gay Plays. Playwrights Canada Press, 2006. ISBN 978-0887548529.