Elyse Friedman was born in Toronto, and raised in North York. Suburbia. Steelesview Public School. Zion Heights Junior High. The Alternative Independent Study Program (AISP). When she was 18 she moved downtown to the Annex, and attended film school at Sheridan College in Oakville. This made no sense geographically. Many hours were spent on GO Trains, buses and subways. After Sheridan, Elyse stumbled into the world of corporate communications. For a dark decade she worked variously as a slide rat, assistant producer, producer, and writer. Elyse then went to work at YTV, penning and field-producing a no-budget kids' show called Rec Room. Soon after, she became the first individual to enthusiastically move from Toronto to Winnipeg where she wrote and produced comedy segments for CBC Radio shows Brand X and Definitely Not the Opera. The novel was next. Then Again. Short-listed for the 2000 Trillium Book Award. Elyse returned to Toronto to study screenwriting at the Canadian Film Centre. Since then she has penned several feature-length scripts. Elyse wrote her second novel, Waking Beauty, and her first book of poems, Know Your Monkey, in tandem. She has recently completed a book of short stories, Long Story Short, which will be published by Anansi this fall. One of these tales, "The Soother," won the Gold National Magazine Award for fiction. Another, "Truth," originally published in The Malahat Review, was selected for the Journey Prize Anthology, and also appeared in Best Canadian Stories. Elyse has contributed poems and short fiction to literary journals and anthologies across Canada and in the US.
Festival: 2008 (Spring)