Fiona Alison Duncan

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

She is the founding host of Hard to Read, a literary social practice, and Pillow Talk, its squishy spinoff.

Exquisite Mariposa, Duncan’s debut novel, was published to critical acclaim by Soft Skull Press in 2019 and accorded a Lambda Literary Award for “Bisexual Fiction.”

Duncan’s writing has been published by Affidavit.art, Canadian Art, Cura, New York Magazine, Novembre, Solutions by Sternberg,, Spike Art Quarterly, Texte zur Kunst and The White Review, among other publications.

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Hard & Pillow video

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Exquisite Mariposa, Duncan’s debut novel, was published to critical acclaim by Soft Skull Press in 2019 and accorded a Lambda Literary Award for “Bisexual Fiction.”

Duncan’s writing has been published by Affidavit.art, Canadian Art, Cura, New York Magazine, Novembre, Solutions by Sternberg, Spike Art Quarterly, Texte zur Kunst and The White Review, among other publications.






Selected stories:

“I got whiplash from waking too suddenly from a dream.”
(20-tens recap, Spike Art Magazine)

“Cocooned in pivotal meditation, my mind rarely made note of butterflies then.”
(Hunting for a book cover, Cultured)

“a world’s-­end-­and-­we’re-­still­-doing-­business guilty hush”
(Bonaventure Adventure, Pin-Up)

“let a field of green grass brown around a tombstone, bones, and brain”
(Jade Kuriki Olivo, Cura)

“one way to define incest: surveillance”
(Jamieson Webster, The White Review)

“Day-oh, Day-oh, Day-oh, Day-oh”
(Glenn Copeland, Ssense)

“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)

(NORMCORE)

“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)

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

“A rose arose. Meandering meaning. Pleats, plaits, plaids.”
(Thom Browne cover story, Cultured)

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“a crowning consummation of years of collaboration”
(Around Lizzie Fitch & Ryan Trecartin, Novembre)



Thanks to Brant Boshart for design + code
to Asher Penn for the portrait,
and to Leslie Regan Shade and Ian Duncan for life of.