Shawn Micallef has created a career around thinking about cities and culture. He’s an urban columnist at Canada’s largest newspaper, The Toronto Star, and an editor and co-owner of Spacing—the independent, national, Jane Jacobs Prize-winning magazine dedicated to looking at what makes Canadian cities work. Micallef is also interested in how technology and social media integrate into cities, and how they make them better. While a resident at the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab, he co-founded [murmur], a location-based mobile phone documentary project that has been established in over 20 cities globally.
Micallef has spoken at The Walrus Talks and at TEDx (on the suburban-urban divide), and has given keynotes internationally. He also teaches civic citizenship and urban design courses at the University of Toronto and OCAD University, and was a distinguished 2011-2012 Canadian Journalism Fellow at Massey College. Micallef’s two books, Stroll—now in its fifth printing—and Full Frontal TO, look at the city from the inside out from an urban flâneur’s perspective. In the fall of 2013 he was the Toronto Public Library’s first non-fiction Writer in Residence.
Agent: Samantha Haywood