Matthew J. Trafford

Author: Matthew J. Trafford

Profile: Matthew J. Trafford is a Canadian novelist and writer. He was born in the year 1979. The Divine Gene is his most notable works. He completed his graduation in creating writing at the University of British Columbia. In 2011 he published his debut short story collection, The Divinity Gene.

The Divinity Gene draws from the deaths of multiple close friends to contemplate on the links between religion, sexuality and the afterlife all of it worked through a sci-fi grated and interlinked with tender humanity, surrealism and black humor. Glowing praise has been earned by this book within the literary community in Canada. This Hollywood worthy yarn, The Divinity Gene, a short story about cloning of Jesus Christ in the modern day times was included in Darwin’s Bastards, the dystopian sci-fi collection, alongside literary heavyweights in Canada including William Gibson, Yann Martel and Douglas Coupland.

Matthew J. Trafford is based in Toronto, Ontario and works with Deaf college students. At times he performs in an improve comedy duo, The Bromos, with Thomas, his brother who was a panelist in 1 Girl 5 Gays, a television series.

Writing style: Matthew J. Trafford has written in as diverse in style and in voice.

Published Texts:

2011 – The Divinity Gene


Awards and Acknowledgements:

2011 – Awarded an Honor of Distinction from the Dayne Ogilvie Prize for LGBT writers.

2007 – Won the Far Horizons Award for Short Fiction for ‘Past Perfect’ his short story.

His work was nominated for both the CBC Literary Awards and the National Magazine Awards

His short stories have been anthologized in Darwin’s Bastards and Best Gay Stories 2012.

Matthew’s fiction work has appeared in the Matrix and The Malahat Review and has been anthologized in Darwin’s Bastards: Astounding Tales from Tomorrow and I.V. Lounge Nights, among others.

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