Danny Ramadan

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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, is released in March 2020 by Annick Press. The book received positive reviews, and is nominated to the 2021 Forest of Reading’s Blue Spruce Award.


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.


He is currently working on his next novel, The Foghorn Echoes, 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.


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


Ramadan was selected as the Writer in Residence for the Saskatoon Public Library between September 2020 and May 2021. To learn more about Danny, visit his website!