I’m a Canadian writer of fiction, essays, and creative non-fiction whose work has been published widely. Among other honours, I’ve been nominated for the Journey Prize, a Pushcart Prize, the National and Western Magazine Awards, the CBC Short Story Prize, and the CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize. I’ve lived across Canada and in Norway, Spain and Germany and have had the privilege to travel widely through my work as a global educator. Currently, I’m based in Toronto, where I work independently as a researcher, consultant, editor and teacher. My professional expertise rest in supporting inclusivity and diversity, peace and reconciliation initiatives, and personal and creative development. In early 2017, I’ll be Alumni-in-Residence at Lester B. Pearson United World College, an international school in Victoria, Canada, committed to peace, reconciliation, and international dialogue.
I took my first writing workshops through Trent University and the Humber School of Writers, where I worked with mentor Michelle Berry. I received my MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and an MA in Adult Education and Community Development from the University of Toronto. At UBC, I worked closely with Zsuzsi Gartner to complete my short fiction manuscript Beautiful Birds Are Flying All Around You. I’ve also studied with Lisa Moore, Wayne Grady, and Sara Graefe.
My novel The Electric Boy is forthcoming with Doubleday Canada. For a full list of publication credits and awards, as well as news about upcoming projects, jump to the Writing section.
I am represented by Dean Cooke at The Cooke Agency.
(Author photo: Gustavo Espinola/Focal Journey)