DIRADDO specht

My name’s Chris. I’m a writer and editor living in Montreal, Canada. I’m the author of The Geography of Pluto (Cormorant Books) and several short stories that have been published in anthologies by Arsenal Pulp Press.

I also work to create a space for LGBTQ literature in Montreal. Since 2014, I have produced 27 events that have featured more than 85 writers and performers. At the heart of these events is the Violet Hour, a bimonthly queer reading series that takes place during the off-hours of a strip club in Montreal’s gay village.

I am also the LGBTQ programming associate for the Blue Metropolis Montreal International Literary Festival, where I curate, produce and host panel discussions and readings every year. In 2017, I helped to create the Blue Metropolis Violet Literary Prize, an annual award presented to an established Canadian LGBTQ writer for their body of work.

I’m also the current president of the Quebec Writers’ Federation.

Photo credit: Paul Specht


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