Author of the picture book Welcome to the Cypher, Khodi Dill is a Bahamian-Canadian writer of everything from rap songs to children's literature; he lives and writes in Saskatoon.
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Khodi Dill is a writer, author, emcee, spoken word artist, and anti-racism educator who was born in Nassau, Bahamas and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He released his debut hip-hop mixtape titled New Technology in 2014 and has travelled extensively to share his poetry at slams and festivals across Canada. A strong advocate for anti-racism and decolonization, Khodi centres these themes in his writing. His spoken word videos on YouTube have been used as teaching tools in classrooms across the country. Dill’s illuminating social justice essays can be found on his blog at thegreygriot.com, where he can also be booked for speaking engagements focused on combatting racism in our society and its institutions.


Khodi Dill and his family currently live in Saskatoon. Welcome to the Cypher is Dill’s first picture book and is available everywhere now. It was illustrated by Awuradwoa Afful and was published by Annick Press in 2021. Khodi’s forthcoming picture book, Little Black Lives Matter, published by Seven Stories Press, is available for pre-order anywhere you buy books. It is illustrated by Chelsea Charles. Follow @KhodiDill on social media for updates on his life and work.

Getting to Know You

I didn’t hide it from my parents, but I didn’t talk to them about it either. It was The Catcher in the Rye. As a teen, I found it was so compelling and mysterious that I needed to work through understanding it by myself. It took me years and years to finally come to grips with its main themes and messages. The main character, Holden Caulfield, is not easily understood, but then, neither are a lot of teens. I felt connected to him in that way.

Again, from The Catcher in the Rye –“I don’t even like old cars. I mean, they don’t even interest me at all. I'd rather have a...horse. A horse is at least human...” Weird, right? I like weird.

My desk is organized (by my standards, anyway)! Too much clutter distracts me from my work.

I often wonder if I’ve turned the oven off! But then, I’m always getting up to check on my kids too.

One secret ambition I have is to make a picture book into a TV show –I love shows based on picture books!-

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