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Ivan Coyote

Discipline: Storytelling
Homebase: Vancouver
Languages: English
Grant Eligibility: Eligible for 70% AIE

Ivan Coyote is a writer and storyteller and the author of thirteen books. Coyote has been a touring artist for 27 years now, and over the last two decades they have also performed for an estimated half a million youth on five continents. In 2017 Ivan was given an honorary Doctor Of Laws by Simon Fraser University for their writing and activism. Ivan's stories manage to handle both the hilarious and the historical with reverence and compassion, and remind us all of our own fallible and imperfect humanity, while at the same time inspiring us to change the world.


Eye, Heart, You: Stories of Love and Resilience for Queer and Trans Youth

School Year: 22-23
Discipline: Storytelling
Offered Languages: English
Grade Suitability: 7 - 12
Duration: 45 mins
Capacity: 100
Tech Requirements: Virtual
Available Formats: Virtual

Lower Mainland
Fraser Valley & Howe Sound
Vancouver Island Lower
Vancouver Island Mid
Vancouver Island North

For the last seventeen years Ivan Coyote has used the power of personal narrative and story to inspire middle and high school students to address homophobia and transphobia and work to make their schools safer for all students. In this brand new performance developed especially for online delivery, Ivan turns the tables a little bit. This show is not meant to educate the mainstream: instead, it was written to resonate with the queer kids, the trans and non-binary youth who, like everyone, need to see themselves reflected in the stories around them. Eye, Heart, You is a love letter meant especially for LGBTQ 2S youth, to help them imagine a future full of acceptance and possibility.

Testimonials & Reviews

A school visit by Ivan Coyote should be a curriculum requirement for every school in the province. Sylvia Knittel, Langley Fine Arts School
Ivan's stories were wonderfully told, imaginative, and highly relevant. Esquimalt Secondary, Victoria

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