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Tessa Swackhammer


Tessa Swackhammer is a queer, autistic writer hailing from Hamilton, ON, where she grew up precisely as strange and ill-fitting as she is now. 


Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming from a multitude of publications like Ocotillo Review, Sledgehammer Lit, Fifth Wheel Press, Jaden Magazine (UK), and more. Most notably, she was recently top 30 of 13,000 in the CBC Short Story Award (2022) with CBC books and is currently shortlisted for the Uncharted SFF First Chapter Award.


When she’s not writing, she’s geeking out about manga, pottery, or anything else that can get her hands dirty. Her best friends include a foot-tall succulent named Henry and an impressively spritely thirteen-year old dog.

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