Canadian (Cree) playwright, author, musician, and all-around shit-disturber extraordinaire. Born in Manitoba, he spent several years training as a concert pianist before falling into Canadian theatre. He currently resides in Toronto where he continues to write spellbinding plays and make people in the service industry uncomfortable with risque repartee.

His works bind words to the beauty, horror, and eventual optimism inherent in native culture. Highway's two best-known plays are The Rez Sisters, all about the dreams and fears of seven women on a fictitious reserve on Manitoulin Island, and its flip-side sequel, Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing, which features seven males and their dreams. Both won the Dora Mavor Moore Award. Somehow he manages to include the most horrible violence and the most uplifting scenes of beauty within the space of five mintues. His first novel, Kiss of the Fur Queen, was nominated for the Giller Prize.

Favourite quote: "There wasn't a dry thigh in the house." - on opening night of Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing

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