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Course studied: MA Creative Writing
Graduating year: 2020
Krischan is a Canadian writer who has spent most of his adult life as an expatriate in Germany and England. His work is concerned with finding new and unused parts of the modern soul and expressing them in symphony with nature. His poems have appeared in chapbook form out of Anstruther Press in Toronto, while his fiction and essays have been published in The Antigonish Review, EVENT magazine (for which he placed second in the Let Down Your Hair Speculative Writing Contest), and the Water~Stone Review (forthcoming). He has been longlisted for PRISM International’s Short Fiction Contest and shortlisted for Phoebe’s Non-fiction Prize and The Fiddlehead’s Poetry Contest.
Trespassing follows Robichaud, a young man struggling with his sexuality, as he cycles across Canada after the suicide of his friend Dieter and tries to reconcile himself with the hand he feels he played in his friend’s death. Memories of his childhood and Dieter follow him: early in life he was Dieter’s babysitter, while in adolescence they had a secret relationship, a secret love. In the towns of Canada, meeting its people, on the highways, in the wild, guilt haunts him and turns his journey into a succession of phantasms and personal demons.