UBC’s optional-residency Masters of Fine Arts, 2009-2011.

Correspondence Program in Creative Writing Certificate, Letter of Distinction: Humber School of Writers, Mentor Karen Connelly, 2007

B.A.: Honours English-Rhetoric and Professional Writing & Psychology–Co-operative Program University of Waterloo, 1997-2002


Professor, Creative Writing and Literary Studies, Sheridan College, 2013

Booming Ground Creative Writing Instructor/Coordinator, University of British Columbia, 2010-2012

Creative Writing Instructor, Queen’s University Enrichment Studies Department, 2007 -2011

Literary Publications:


Annick Press, Book, “Flock of Shoes” Summer 2010

Leaf Press, Chapbook “The Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales”, (April 2010)

Oolichan Books, book of poetry, “Sweet Devilry” (2011)

Annick Press, picture book, “Dogs Don’t Eat Jam and Other Things Big Kids Know” (2011)

Annick Press, book of non-fiction, “Warriors and Wailers 100 jobs in Ancient China you might have relished or reviled” (2012)

Annick Press, picture book, “Stone Hatchlings” (2012)


Desperately Seeking Susans, Editor, Oolichan Books  2012)

City Works Press, Anthology, “Mammas and Pappas”

Poet-to-Poet, Contributor, Guernica Editions (2012)

Tag: poets at play, Editor, Oolichan Books (forthcoming 2014)

Buschek Books, Anthology, “A Crystal Through Which Love Passes: Glosas for P.K. Page” (forthcoming 2014)

Goose Lane Editions, TRUTH, DARE, DOUBLEDARE: Stories of Motherhood (forthcoming 2014)

Other Publications

Arc Magazine, (2012)

The Antigonish Review (Fall 2011)

Ryga, short story (2011)

[Word] A Journal of Canadian Poetry, Two poems (forthcoming)

The Antigonish Review, (issue 160)

Rubicon Press, Broadside, (2009)

Arc Magazine, Summer 2009(6:2)

Interrim Magazine, 2009, Volume 27

Vallum Magazine Two poems, Spring 2009 (6:2)

Room Magazine, Two poems, 31.4 (2009)

Quills, Canadian Poetry Magazine, Volume V,(2008)

The Antigonish Review, Two poems, Issue 153, (2008)

CV2. (Fall 2007)

Scapes: Poetry & Company, An Anthology of Kingston Poets (2007)

Fieldstone. 2 (2007)

Room of One’s Own. 28.1 (2005)

The New Quarterly. 89 (2004)

Echolocation. 2 (2004)

QWERTY. (Winter 2003)


Prairie Fire 3rd place poetry contest 2013

Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, 2012

Re-Lit Award, long list (2012)

Artists in Education Grant (2012)

Best Books for Kids & Teens 2012

Ontario Arts Council, Writers Reserve Grant 6,000 (2011)

Blue Spruce Award Nominee, 2011

Best Bets List for Children, OLA

Best Books for Kids & Teens 2011, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Book of the Year Award finalist, ForeWord Reviews

Scholarship, UBC MFA, $8,000 (2010)

Creative Writing Graduate Scholarship, UBC MFA, $1,000 (2009)

Ontario Arts Council, Writers Works in Progress Grant $12,000 (2009)

Faculty of Arts Graduate Award, UBC MFA, $1,250 (2008)

Letter of Distinction, Humber School of Writing (2007)

Honorable Mention, poetry contest. Room of One’s Own, $30 (2005)

The English Society Creative Writing Award from the University of Waterloo, $100 (2002)

Invitational Readings:

TD Canada Book Week, 2013

Vancouver International Writer’s festival, 2012

Festival International de la Poésie de Trois-Rivières, 2012

Kingston Writer’s Fest, 2012

Grit Lit Festival, Hamilton 2012

New Brunswick Public Library Tour, sponsored by Fredericton and Saint John region libraries (December 2011)

Kingston Writers Fest, New Voices in Verse, Kingston ON (September 2011)

Rideau Public School, For the love of reading week (February 2011)

St. Peter’s School, Literacy Day speaker/workshop leader (January 2011)

Poetry and Company featured reader, Kingston ON (April 2010)

Westport reading series, Westport On (April 2010)

Chameleon Nation, featured readers series, Kingston ON (January 2009)

‘Scapes book launch, Kingston ON, (Summer 2007)

Reading Works, Kingston ON, (April 2007)

QWERTY launch, Fredericton NB, (Winter 2003)


Poetry at the Wolf workshop group(January 2007-2008)

Kingston Poet’s Circle, founder (October 2006-present)

Kingston Fiction workshop (Spring 2010 – present)

Children’s Writing group of Kingston (Spring 2010 – present)


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