hometown: edmonton, ab
resides: surrey, bc
df parizeau is an agender scottish/french settler, fibre artist, writer, and chronic pain sufferer, who still ties their shoes "bunny-ears" style. Their work has been featured online and in print by publications in Canada, Finland, Britain, and the United States, and has been nominated for both the Pushcart and Best of the Net prizes. By day, df can be found selling books, as the inventory manager for Iron Dog Books.
To make a short story long:
df parizeau was born to settler parents—a Franco-Ontarian father and Scottish mother—on traditional Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation land (Ottawa, ON). Growing up on a steady diet of library visits and trips to museums, they quickly developed a deep-seated love for the written word. An avid storyteller from a young age, they spent many a recess trying to convince their friends that they could speak Gaelic.
After a lengthy sojourn in Treaty 6 territory (Edmonton, AB), df found their way to the west coast, where they now live as an uninvited guest on the unceded territory of the Kwantlen, Katzie, and Semiahmoo nations (Surrey, BC).
While living in BC, df has completed both Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in history. They are also a graduate of SFU’s Writer’s Studio program, under the mentorship of Kayla Czaga.
Their hybrid short-fiction piece Beyond City Limits was both the runner-up for Thin Air Magazine’s inaugural “Gas Station Prize” and a nominee for a Pushcart Prize. Their piece Your ex-lover is dead was chosen by long con magazine as a 2021 Best of the Net nominee.
df’s work has been featured online and in print internationally by publications such as long con magazine, Funicular Magazine, Northern Otter Press, SOUNDEST, and Chapter House Journal, among others. They have also contributed several articles to Read Local BC as a Communications Assistant for ZG Stories.
Their writing has afforded them the opportunity to bring their words to the stage on several occasions. df has performed for events such as Strangers on a Train, Richmond World Festival, Mashed Poetics, and Real Vancouver Writers' Series, to name a few.
df's debut chapbook dissections was published in March of 2022 by above/ground press. The book explores the link between chronic pain, memory, and personal history.
In January 2022, df began a year-long weaving project titled Tapestry of an Ailing Body, under the heteronym frances spark mackenzie. The project is a visual pain journal that expresses their daily experiences with chronic pain via wall hangings. You can follow the project's progress on Instagram @woven.woes
df has also been active in the Vancouver literary community and has previously served as a Literacy Mentor at The Writer’s Exchange, as Sponsorship Coordinator for Verses Festival of Words (2018), and as a board member for UBC Slam. They also served as Events Manager for Book Warehouse Main St., during their time on staff, coordinating and hosting talks and book launches for authors such as: Elee Kraljii Gardiner, Laurie Halse Anderson, Ian Williams, Heather Jessup, Alex Leslie, and Rhea Tregebov, to name a few.
df has served as editor for a range of publications such as UBC’s The Atlas Undergraduate Journal of History, mineral lit mag, perhapped lit mag, and Feminist Space Camp.
df is currently the Inventory Manager for Iron Dog Books. They are passionate about beautiful book covers, two-colour printing, poetry, short fiction, and experimental forms and carry the unofficial title of “bookyeller” due to their effusive love for books.
They are a strong proponent of pie over cake (cherry is best) and hold a firm belief in the 3-0 curveball. They want to read all your poems about baseball and He-Man.