I’ve always been a writer.
At the age of 11, I started a family newspaper (front page news: Mom Makes Spaghetti Dinner and other scoops!), and when I was 18 and tenaciously writing poetry, my uncle – also a writer – encouraged me (and taught me how) to start sending my work out. My first poem soon appeared in a Saskatchewan literary journal.
Now, I’m a widely published poet and prose writer and the author of four books: This Has Nothing To Do With You (a novel, coming soon!), Swarm, my debut novel, and the poetry collections, Following Sea and Lichen Bright. My work has also appeared in anthologies like The Best Canadian Stories (2015) and plenty of literary journals including The Fiddlehead and Prairie Fire. I’ve won prizes and been long-listed multiple times for the CBC Literary Awards.
I obtained an MFA in Creative Writing in part to get the butt-kick I needed to finally finish a novel and get it published – around that time, I also signed with an amazing agent, and I’m represented by Samantha Haywood at Transatlantic Agency.
I love teaching writing
It fills my heart and soul to help other writers tell their stories. I understand so much how important it is to attend to one’s creative work if that’s your calling! As a coach and writing mentor, I’ve helped many writers find a path into their writing that works for them and start becoming their very best creative selves. I’ve also taught creative writing in workshop and retreat settings throughout Canada, in Mexico, and online to writers as far afield as Qatar and California.
I’ve also written lots of non-fiction, including plenty of travel articles, and my articles about destinations in Canada, Hungary, Argentina, and other countries have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, the Georgia Straight, NOW Magazine, and additional publications.
Since 2011, I’ve been blogging, as well. I love writing about my personal writing process and life (from travel writing to fiction to dog ownership and depression and several topics in between). Thanks largely to my blog, my website has twice been named one of the Best 100 Websites for Writers by The Write Life.
What Else Can I Say?
I adore animals, especially dogs (see: This Has Nothing To Do With You).
I’m concerned about the wobbly state of the world (see: Swarm).
I’m fascinated by genealogy and the stories of those who’ve come before (see: Following Sea).
My 20s were a bit rocky (see: Lichen Bright).
Oh, and I’m an avid knitter and a newbie gardener, growing tomatoes and too many zucchinis and creating native prairie gardens at my husband’s and my country home outside Winnipeg.
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