Short Bio

Danny Ramadan (He/Him) is a Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker and adovate for LGBTQ+ refugees. His debut novel, The Clothesline Swing, was shortlisted for the Lambda Literary Award, longlisted for Canada Reads, and named a Best Book of the Year by the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star.

His children book, Salma the Syrian Chef, won the Nautilus Book Award, The Middle East Book Award, and named a Best Book by both Kirkus and School Library Journal.

Ramadan’s sophomore novel, The Foghorn Echoes (Penguin Random House – 2022) was released to critical praise by The Guardian, Vanity Fair and other media outlets across Canada, the UK and the US.

Ramadan is currently working on Crooked Teeth: A Queer Syrian Refugee Memoir (2024), as well as The Adventures of Salma, a series of early readers books following his beloved children character.

Through his fundraising efforts, Ramadan raised over $300,000 for Syrian LGBTQ+ identifying refugees. 

He has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and currently lives in Vancouver with his husband, Matthew, and his dog, Freddie.

*when referring to Danny’s activism, please use the acronym LGBTQ+ : folks in the Two-Spirit community cannot be refugees on Turtle Island, the land they are Indigenous to since the beginning of time.

Long Bio

Danny Ramadan is a Syrian-Canadian author, public speaker and LGBTQ+ refugees activist.

The Clothesline Swing, Ramadan’s debut novel, won the Independent Publisher Book Award for LGBT Fiction, The Canadian Authors Association’s award for Best Fiction, and was shortlisted for Evergreen Award, Sunburst Award and a Lambda Award. It was long listed for Canada Reads 2018. The novel is translated to French, German and Hebrew.

His children book, Salma the Syrian Chef, was released in March 2020 by Annick Press. The book won the Middle East Book Award 2020, The Nautilus Gold Award (with Special Honours) and is nominated to the Forest of Reading’s Blue Spruce award, Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize, and named amongst the Best Books of 2020 by Kirkus Reviews and Library School Journal.

Salma The Syrian Chef is translated to French, German and Korean.

He won the Fiddlehead Short Fiction Contest 2018 with My Name is Bridge, and was a finalist for the Bridge Prize with The Miraculous Return of Khaled from the Dead.

His forthcoming novel, The Foghorn Echoes, to be released by Penguin Canada in Summer 2022. His memoir, Crooked Teeth, to be released in summer 2024. He is also working on a collection of short fiction, The Syrian Survival Notebook, and a YA novel, Son of the Silk Maker.

He was named among the Top Immigrants to Canada 2017 as well as awarded the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Award for Excellency.

Through his flagship event, An Evening in Damascus, Ramadan raised over $250,000 for local Vancouver organization Rainbow Refugee, facilitating the safe arrival of Syrian Queer and Trans refugees to their new home in Canada.

He graduated with a Master in Fine Arts – Creative Writing at UBC and lives with his husband, Matthew Ramadan, in Vancouver.

Ramadan was the Writer in Residence for the Saskatoon Public Library between September 2020 and May 2021. He served as the Writer-in-Reisdence at the Haig-Brown House in Campbell River, BC.

Ramadan served on the board of The Vancouver Pride Society between 2016 and 2020. He is currently the BC and Yukon Representative on the Board of the Writers Union of Canada.