David Demchuk was born and raised in Winnipeg and now lives in Toronto. The Bone Mother is his first novel.
A playwright, independent filmmaker, screenwriter, essayist, critic and journalist, David has been writing for theatre, film, television, radio and other media for more than thirty years. In 2011, Pinknews.co.uk named him one of the top 25 most influential LGBT people on twitter worldwide.
Known primarily for his work in Canadian theatre, David’s plays have been produced in Toronto, New York, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Vancouver, Chicago, San Francisco, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and in London, England.
His best-known theatrical works are Rosalie Sings Alone (Tarragon Theatre), If Betty Should Rise (Buddies in Bad Times), Touch (Buddies in Bad Times – Dora Award winner, 1986), Stay (White Queen Theatre – Dora Award nominee, 1999) and Mattachine (Proving Ground Theatre/Toronto Fringe Festival).
His publications include the short-fiction cycle Seven Dreams and Alice in Cyberspace, appearances in anthologies Making, Out! (Touch), Outspoken (Rosalie Sings Alone) and Canadian Brash (If Betty Should Rise and Rosalie Sings Alone) and the high school textbook Rattling the Stage (The World We Live on Turns So That the Sun Appears to Rise). His reviews, essays, interviews and columns in such magazines as Toronto Life, The Body Politic, Xtra!, What! Magazine, Cinema Canada and Prairie Fire, as well as the Toronto Star. He is currently a contributing writer at Torontoist.
His chapbook of short fiction Seven Dreams was published by Pink Dog Press in 1991. The first five pieces from Seven Dreams were published in Andrei Codrescu’s legendary literary magazine Exquisite Corpse, and all seven have been translated and published in Russia.