Antonio Michael Downing grew up in southern Trinidad, Northern Ontario, Scarborough, and Kitchener. He is a musician, writer, and activist based in Toronto. His 2010 debut novel, Molasses (Blaurock Press), was published to critical acclaim. In 2017 he was named by the RBC Taylor Prize as one of Canada's top Emerging Authors for non-fiction. He performs and composes music as John Orpheus. His new book Saga Boy: My Life in Blackness and Becoming is an an enthralling, deeply personal account of a young immigrant's search for belonging and Black identity amid the long-lasting effects of cultural dislocation. Meet Antonio Michael as he engages in a candid discussion on his writing and his experiences with writer and activist Fitsum Areguy.
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