Fiona Alison Duncan

is a Canadian-American writer, artist, and organizer.

She is the organizing host of Hard to Read, a literary social practice, and Pillow Talk, community organizing on sex, love, and communication.

Duncan’s writing has been published by 032c, Canadian Art, Cura, New York Magazine, Novembre, Solutions by Sternberg, Spike Art Quarterly and Texte zur Kunst.

Her first novel, Exquisite Mariposa, is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press in fall 2019.

Fiona is also a personal book shopper

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Fiction Fiction / @fifidunks / @hardtoread / @pillo_0wtalk / fad@hardtoread.us

Duncan’s writing has been published by 032c, Canadian Art, Cura, New York Magazine, Novembre, Solutions by Sternberg, Spike Art Quarterly and Texte zur Kunst.

Her first novel, Exquisite Mariposa, is forthcoming from Soft Skull Press in fall 2019.

Fiona is also a personal book shopper



Selected stories:

“Noise is invisible to the naked eye too, but we don't doubt it.”
(Empath Paranoia Character Study for Vejas)

“I once dog-sat a rescue named Quake.”
(Animals in LA, Affidavit.art)

“Was fällt dir als Erstes ein, wenn du an deine Kindheit denkst?”
(Pippa Garner, Spike Art Quarterly)

“All language is stolen.”
(Odwalla 88, Novembre)

"I know everything.”
(Are You There God, Deadlines & Divine Distractions)

“She who opposes force with counterforce alone forms that which she opposes and is formed by it.”
(Riana Eisler, Solution 257-294: Communists Anonymous)

“Sophie’s carrot-cake curls are cut like two slices on the side of her head. Sweet face.”
(Sophie, GARAGE)

“...learning to speak the language of the law rather than that of logic and truth.”
(Phoenix Goddess Temple, Mal)

“You don’t have to keep a diary to reveal your innards in words.”
(Etty, SomeSuch Stories)

“She, who was born under an auspiciously Venusian harmony…”
(Margaret Haines & The Stars Down To Earth, Canadian Art)

“like melon scooped with a spoon tailored to ball the fruit”
(Sojourner Truth Parsons, Canadian Art)

“a poet foremost—she writes sex convincingly”
(Ariana Reines, The Editorial)

“Are we going to get to talk about boyfriends in the interview?”
(Chris Kraus, Ssense)

“人 is the belief that the essence of being human involves a selfless altruism that also happens to feel good.”
((#JOLIE2024, Teraform)

“driving without a seatbelt”
(Elysia Crampton, Wonderland)

“How fecund is your soil?”
(For Noo and Fette)

“Context is everything, in that everything is everything.”
(Amalia Ulman, time, Canadian Art)

“Ugh, next! [laughs] It’s a trap!”
(Interviewing Durga)

“Fall leaf print leggings. Angel wing mirrors. A pretzel couch.”
(Jacky Connolly, Cura)

“Losing stuff would upset me if I couldn’t picture it found.”
(Hannah Black, Wonderland)

“Writing books is really cool to me.”
(Natasha Stagg, Sex)

“Joy is neither a privilege nor a right, it's an organic eventuality.”
(KOOL A.D., LARB)

“It has to do with a cat in a box and quantum mechanics.”
(Narcissism, SomeSuch Stories)

“He denounces spectacle while embodying it; what a comic.”
(on Franco “Bifo” in Material)

“Reason is lololololololol. Zeroes and ones.”
(ongoing, unknow.in)

"The most important thing of course.”
( Army of Love)

“In our heads, we sound deeper.”
(Generation Anxiety)

(NORMCORE)

“How exactly did Manson enact his power?"
(Stripper Lessons, Kaleidoscope)

“Or so it seems from my near-sight.”
(Amalia, Wonderland)

“Reality is fantasy is reality is fantasy is reality is”
(Andrew Durbin, Texte zur Kunst)

“I pictured her in a stone chateau in the country of my forefathers.”
(Tilda Swinton, Hobo)

“Let's talk about talent.”
(Vejas, Dazel)

“Fish floppy, my body bent beneath.”
(Carbon Monoxide, Adult)

“Anna Wintour is one of Barack Obama's top fundraisers.”
(Not Vogue, New Inquiry)

(GHOSTING)

(HER)

“She wants to be It, she yearns for it.”
(Julien Ceccaldi, Sex)

“Chinatown stinks; I want in its alleys.”
(For Aja), Adult

“It’s the American dollar bill, she says, it’s too iconic.”
(Credit. Debit. Debt. Currency. Capital, Adult)

Thanks to Asher Penn for taking my gallery portrait,
Stefan Schwartzman for taking my PBS portrait,
Brant Boshart for helping design + code,
and Leslie Regan Shade and Ian Duncan for life ofc.