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Lydia Kwa

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Nationality  Canadian
Period  1990s-present

Name  Lydia Kwa
Role  Writer
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Occupation  novelist, short story writer, poet
Notable works  This Place Called Absence, The Walking Boy
Nominations  Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction
Books  This Place Called Absence, The Walking Boy, Sinuous, The Colours of Heroines, Pulse

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Lydia Kwa (born 1959 in Singapore) is a Canadian writer and psychologist.


First coming to Canada in 1980, Kwa studied psychology at the University of Toronto and Queen's University. She published one short story and a volume of poetry in the 1990s, but has concentrated primarily on novels since. In addition to her writing, she continues to practice as a clinical therapist in Vancouver. She was a nominee for the First Novel Award in 2000, the ReLit Award in 2001 and the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction in 2002 for This Place Called Absence, and for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize in 2006 for The Walking Boy.

She is an out lesbian.


  • The Colour of Heroines (1994, poetry)
  • This Place Called Absence (2000, novel)
  • The Walking Boy (2005, novel)
  • Pulse (2010, novel)
  • Sinuous (2013, poetry)
  • Oracle Bone (2017, novel)
  • References

    Lydia Kwa Wikipedia

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