TAKATSU is a poet, novelist, multimedia artist, designer, speaker, and a featured Wattpad Star of 20,000 readers from Toronto. In 2008, through Secondhand Memories, he pioneered English cell phone novels, and his acclaimed magical realist novel, Espresso Love, that delves into Kafkaesque systems and spiritual transcendence, won a Watty’s Award and reached 1 million reads in 2014. He received the Babs Burggraf Award of $2500 for his short story "The Elephant Girl". Forthcoming in Fall 2017 is his poetry chapbook Kawatare through Anstruther Press. He founded the Literary Fiction Network, YU Crossroads Literary Festival, the Cell Phone Novel movement, events and other initiatives.
- 2014 Watty's Award - Collector's Dream Category
- 2014 York University President's Creative Writing Awards - Stanley Fefferman Prize
- 2016 York University President's Creative Writing Awards - Babs Burggraf Award of $2500
- 2009 Textnovel Reader's Choice and Finalist Award, 2009 Textnovel Editor's Choice Award
- #1 Science Fiction, #3 Spiritual genre ranking, 1,000,000 reads
- Wattpad Featured, 15,000 followers
- DIG on USA TV Promotion Campaign Featured
- Interviewed on The Verge's Small Empires TV Series
- Guest on Wattpad's Fan Expo Digital Storytelling Panel 2015
- Guest and Host for Pages Unbound Literary Festival Transcending Print and Online Literature Workshop 2015
- Hosted 2015 Secondhand Memories Multimedia Global Book Launch @ Wind Up Bird Cafe
- Hosted 5 Wattpad Meet Up reader-writer events
"Takatsu is a fascinating writer, musician and illustrator and is at the forefront of transmedia storytelling."
- Rowena Wiseman, Author of Searching for Von Honningsbergs, The Replacement Wife, Bequest, Silver.
"[His stories] have a timeless quality, little legends or fables that enlighten or explain a philosophy of life, a zen moment... [and] touch on an innate mystery of things that allow one to see."
- Patricia Keeney, Professor of Creative Writing, York University, Award-winning Poet, Critic, Author of One Man Dancing
“Amazing how well you implement the first-person point of view… Hackneyed and cliche, some have said, but there’s just something about good writers and first person novels. You are definitely in one of them. Your voice really comes through. Some people will disagree and say, ‘Well of course. He’s writing in first person. It’s suppose to engage you in such a way.’ But I would have to say that not all first-person novels come through as clean as yours does. Simply amazing.”
- Textnovel critic
On "Espresso Love":
"Offers acute, almost painful observations of the minutiae of life, if life took place in a Murakami snow-globe."
- Review on IndieReader Insiders
"Like a seven course meal full of spice and illumination... One does not listen to a classical piece to get to its ending. No. It is the ride, the moment by moment...a genuine Masamune among stories."
- Ghosty, Textnovel author
“An interesting ‘vapoury’ style that seems to hover off world at times.…haunting and strange (which is good); …sense of terror in the core here… You’re on to something different, striking.”
- B.W. Powe, Associate Professor, Dept of English, York University and author of A Climate Charged, Outage, The Unsaid Passing, Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye: Apocalypse and Alchemy and Where Seas and Fables Meet
A surreal poetry, prose, photography anthology exploring the human body and spirit featuring 15 contributors including B.W. Powe, Evan J. Hoskins, Takatsu.
A collection of photography to accompany the Apparatus anthology, reflecting the experience of the human body in experimental and artful lenses.
Of Forests and Clocks and Dreams
A collection of surreal, transcendental, enigmatic and visionary stories, poetry, philosophy, essay, aphorism, art, photography and design delving into the metaphysics of soul and cosmos.