Writer, artist and musician Kayt (Lackie) Burgess was born in Manitouwadge, Ontario and grew up in Elliot Lake. She studied classical music at the University of Western Ontario, publishing at Humber College, and creative writing at the University of Auckland and Bath Spa University. Her first novel Heidegger Stairwell won the infamous 3 Day Novel Contest and was published by 3 Day Books and Arsenal Pulp Press in September 2012. It was shortlisted for the 2013 ReLit Award for Fiction. Her second novel Connection at Newcombe is due out Autumn 2020 from Latitude 46 Publishing.
Burgess (as Kayt Lackie) is a recurring staff writer on the hit fitness app Zombies, Run!. She received her PhD in Digital Creative Writing from Bath Spa University where she taught creative writing.
Currently she is the Artistic Director of The VESSEL Transmedia Storytelling Lab in Northern Ontario. Her work on their flagship project The VESSEL Project earned the collective the 2018 Dot Award - New Media Writing Prize. In addition to writing, she runs a private music studio where she teaches voice, piano, speech arts and drama, as well as a variety of instruments.
Kayt splits her time between the UK and Canada.