Author, Journalist, Editor.
Shawn Micallef was born and raised in Windsor and is now a Toronto-based urban expert. He has written for publications such as Spacing and Eye Weekly. Born April 10, 1974 at Metropolitan Hospital, Mr. Micallef attended St. Anne’s High School. He then attended the University of Windsor, obtaining his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science before obtaining his Master of Arts in the same field. He credits Dr. Martha Lee from the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor as a major influence.
Micallef explores public spaces, and both speaks and writes about downtowns, suburbs, and what makes them great. He is a leading authority on Canadian urbanism; while he has written extensively on our provincial capital, he has also written about Windsor. The Trouble With Brunch discusses Windsor, as does this piece – The World’s Greatest View of Detroit.
He also co-founded [murmur], a mobile documentary project started in Toronto that blends storytelling with urban landscapes; the project has now spread to more than 20 countries.
Currently an urban columnist for the Toronto Star, he is also the co-editor and co-owner of Spacing.
He teaches at the University of Toronto, and OCAD University. A 2011-2012 Canadian Journalism Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Massey College, Shawn was also the Toronto Public Library’s urban focused Writer in Residence in 2013. His newest book, Frontier City: Toronto on the Verge of Greatness, will be launched mid-February 2017. Look for it soon in the library catalogue.