About Jeff Cottrill…

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Pape Subway Station, Toronto September 2004

Jeff Cottrill is an award-nominated journalist by day, performance poet and classic-film nerd by night, who likes to make audiences laugh, cringe, or (preferably) both. Jeff’s performance style is influenced by slam conventions, but subverts them with wit, ironic humour and a satirical tone.

He has headlined in countless literary and performance series throughout Ontario, the U.K. and the U.S. over the last fifteen years. He was one of the organizers of the Perpetual Motion Roadshow, a monthly touring circuit (created by novelist Jim Munroe) that showcased independent artists in venues along the east and west coasts of the U.S. and Canada from 2003 to 2007.

Jeff is the former Literary Editor of Burning Effigy Press, a Toronto small press that specialized in genre fiction and urban poetry and received two Bram Stoker Award nominations. He was the co-host of Strange Tongues, a popular monthly spoken-word series in Toronto that ran from February 2002 to June 2004.

Jeff is the editor of Canadian Occupational Health & Safety News and the editorial assistant of OHS Canada, as well as a regular contributor to Toronto.com and Digital Journal. He was recently nominated for a Kenneth R. Wilson Memorial Award for his article, “Off the Rails”, in the March 2014 issue of OHS Canada. Other writing credits include EYE WEEKLY, NOW, Exclaim!, Vu, The Village Post, The Bayview Post, Divorce Magazine, Glued and more. Articles of his have been reprinted or excerpted in Business Insider, The Detroit News, Canoe.ca and Ivillage.com.

He has authored four chapbooks of short fiction and satirical monologues and recorded three spoken-word CDs, Cracktastic! (2005), Clown with a Coat Hanger (2009) and This Album Is NIT FENNY! (2015). Jeff also had a role in the independent short film In the Can (Richard Enos, 2010). In 2010, his one-man show Grouch on a Couch toured three Ontario cities.

Jeff likes movies, travel, and puppies.