Hello! Thanks for stopping by. I am a fiction writer and an academic living on unceded Coast Salish territories in Vancouver B.C.
I currently teach in the English Department at Langara College in Vancouver, located on the territories of the Musqueam, who have given the College the name snəw̓eyəɬ leləm̓, House of Teachings. I teach really smart and stylish students about stories and the small miracles that are commonly known as words. I have also taught Critical Theory and Art History at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Creative Writing Fiction Workshops at Dalhousie University, Introduction to Literature at Saint Mary’s University, English Composition at Concordia University, and workshops on Fiction, Poetry, Character, Creativity, Art and Activism, and Pilgrimage for the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia, the B.C. Writers Federation, Writers In the Schools, Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre, and at Rivendell Retreat Centre on Bowen Island.
We only have our five senses and our hearts and minds. This is what we are given to experience the intricacies of the world: the crisp flakiness of Saturday morning market croissants; the sad music of an accordion-player on the street; the slight impression of the bedspread where our lover sat this morning to put on his socks; the holy quilt of stars above our heads as we walk in the country at night. We only get one chance at this life. We only get one day at a time. I write to try to remember this. I write to, as much as possible, fully attend to each rich moment that I am lucky enough to have on this earth. This attending and appreciating is a task that I endlessly fall short of, but trying to find the words for things unspeakable helps. It helps keep me in attendance to life.
I have studied with remarkable writers and incredible human beings. I am a graduate of the University of Victoria and Concordia University in Montréal. I am an alumna of Massey College and the Banff Centre for the Arts Writers’ Studio. I hold a PhD in English Literature from the University of Toronto. My dissertation was on hoaxes in contemporary Canadian literature and visual art and is now a book with Wilfrid Laurier University Press: This Is Not A Hoax: Unsettling Truth in Canadian Culture. My most recent collaborative project is a New Chapter Canada Council Grant project called Make Believe: The Secret Library of M. Prud’homme - A Rare Collection of Fakes, which toured across Canada in the spring and summer of 2019. A book about the project is underway.