RECENT & FORTHCOMING
Nancy Drew Anthology
Silver Birch Press
"Piano Player's Reach"
Open Book Toronto's "What's Your Story" anthology
First published in Silver Birch Press, Learning to Ride Poetry & Prose Series, 2016
Rat's Nests (story)
First published in Silver Birch Press, My Mane Event Poetry & Prose Series, 2016
"Whenever things got slow around River Heights, or when there were personnel changes over at the Stratemeyer Syndicate that upset her or made her feel less invested in her own developments as a character, Nancy coped by drawing.
Her most fertile period as an artist came in the gap between books 7 and 11. Mildred A. Wirt, aka the first Carolyn Keene, was on strike to protest the lowering of freelance rates at the syndicate during the Depression, and had been replaced by a male journalist, who wrote books 8, 9 and 10."
"I’m skimming the foam from the broth when I realize there’s a good chance Kostis and Nikoletta won’t even accept this gift. When I came up with the idea of an edible peace offering late last night, it seemed inspired. Now I’m wondering if it was loco to think a pot of soup, even one with as potent a history as Avgolemono, could do anything to repair the damage or prevent us having to move again before we’ve even had a chance to settle in."
"With no spoken
world of my own I
borrow yours and
glide gently down it.
Drawing a secondhand
breeze from your
cheeks. Toying with
from your open
"You lean in with your comb drawn like a switchblade.
“If you can’t take care of your hair, we’ll have to cut it off.”
The look of frazzled discontent as you work your slender, ringless fingers through a frizzy brown clump the size of an apricot.
“Look at these rats’ nests.”
(winner of Arc Poetry Magazine's first-ever Award of Awesomeness).
(honourable mention, Negative Capability Press poetry contest, Spring, 2020)
NEWS & EVENTS
I was born in Boston and travelled a lot as a kid with my academic mom, living in Zambia, the U.K. and many parts of the U.S. before emigrating to Canada in 1983. I worked as an arts journalist for 10 years, earned an MFA in Film & Video at York University in Toronto, and published numerous film essays in academic books and journals before returning to my two earliest passions, poetry and fiction, in 2015. My poems and short fiction have appeared in Hegira, Vernal, and Silver Birch Press, and I was named an 'emerging writer' for East York in Open Book Ontario's 2016 "What's Your Story?" Contest. My story, "Piano Player's Reach," appeared online and in a contest anthology, and was read at an Open Book event in October 2016. My latest published short story, "Nancy drew," imagines how the
fictional sleuth might have passed her time during a (real) writers' strike that affected the series during the Great Depression. Since that work appeared, I have won several poetry awards, including an honourable mention in Negative Capability Press's Spring 2020 poetry contest; Arc Poetry Magazine's first-ever Award of Awesomeness in May, 2020; and second place in the August, 2020 Eden Mills Writer's Festival Read at the Fringe contest. I work full-time as a literary editor for Iguana Books in Toronto, and serve as co-president of Canadian Authors Association's Toronto branch. I split my time between Toronto, where I live with my husband and daughter, and Woods Hole, Massachusetts.