Friday, October 6th, 2017

Center for Book Arts Reading

My chapbook manuscript Ahli was shortlisted in the New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Contest. I’m VERY excited to be reading with David Denny, and Kimberly Kruge at the Center on October 20th, at 6:30pm.The Center will be producing a broadside from a selection of my work that will be available at the reading. I can’t wait to finally have a look at the Center’s studios and gallery….and, you know, NEW YORK.

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Lumière Cape Breton


I had the good fortune to participate in Lumière Cape Breton’s Art-at-Night event in downtown Sydney on September 23. Fellow poet Sean Howard and I collaborated on an installation called the Poemtree. Participants were invited to bring or write poems to hang in the tree’s branches over the course of the evening. People brought and wrote hundreds of poems–silly poems, sacred poems, secret poems, love poems, heroic poems, you name it. It was magical!

Friday, October 6th, 2017

CBC Nonfiction Prize 2017

My essay “Bone Shadows” made the longlist for the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize. I’m as surprised as you are. This is good news for the rest of the embryonic essays slowly taking shape in my mind.

Friday, October 6th, 2017

Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Competition

I was pleased to learn that my long poem Ahli was shortlisted in the emerging writer category of this year’s Gwendolyn MacEwen Poetry Competition, administered by Exile Literary Quarterly. Expect to see a selection from the poem in the near future.

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

National Poetry Month

I’ll be on the road with Niche in April, with stops in Sydney, Lunenburg, and Ottawa.

I’ll be reading at:

McConnell Library in Sydney, on April 5th at 7 pm

Cape Breton University, April 7th at 4pm
in the Verschuren Centre Boardroom (CS 101),

Lexicon Books, Lunenburg, at 2pm April 10th, with Kris Bertin

Black Squirrel Books, Ottawa, on April 12th at 8pm, as part of the Tree Reading Series, with Liz Howard

My thanks to the Cape Breton Regional Library, CBU’s  Department of Languages and Letters, Lexicon Books, and the Tree Reading Series. Hope to see you!

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Niche in Winnipeg

Edmonton, Calgary, and Brandon, you were awesome! Now, I’m looking forward to reading from Niche in Winnipeg, with the wonderful Ariel Gordon. We’ll be reading at McNally Robinson Booksellers in the Travel Alcove (that sounds cosy) at 7:30pm, on Saturday, October 10th. The reading will be hosted by Charlene Diehl and co-presented by the Winnipeg International Writers Festival as part of their Fall Literary Series.

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015


Oh happy day! A new book of poetry, published by Frontenac House Press.

Niche is part of Frontenac’s 2015 Quartet, which also includes

Two Minds by Harold Rhenisch
Changelings by Cassy Welburn
ClockWork by Zaid Shlah

We’ll be launching the Quartet as a group in Calgary, AB
on Sunday, September 13, 2-4 pm
at Memorial Park Library 1221 – 2nd Street SW
and there will be a lanch for Niche in Brandon, MB
on Thursday, September 24th, 7:30-9pm
at the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Canada Writes

I’m happy to share the news that my poem “Coda” is a finalist for the 2014 CBC Poetry Prize. You can read all five shortlisted poems, and some great articles about writing on the Canada Writes website.

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Lateral Symmetry

I have several new paper, ceramic and textile pieces on display the Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba as part of the exhibit Lateral Symmetry which runs from Septmber 4th to October 25th, and also includes artwork by Elvira Finnegan, Tracy Peters and Sarah Ciurysek. This show shares the main gallery with a collection of works by Rosemary Kowalski entitled Endangered Species, and in the community gallery, In Process Together, which features work by Sasha Amaya, Katharine Bruce, Amy Buehler, Becky Chinn, Susana V. Danyliuk, Anne Fallis Elliott, Cheryl Orr-Hood, Shawn Jordan, Alexis Kinloch, Chris Larsen, Mary Lowe, Lisa Lysack, Carolyn Mount, Gerry Oliver, Rosemarie Peloquin, Chris Reid, Wendy Seversen, Janet Shaw-Russell, Marg Stewart.

There is a very nice article from the Winnipeg Free Press about Tracy Peter’s concurrent show at Aceartinc. SHED Unusual Migration and Lateral Symmetry at the AGSM here: Two exhibitions of female artists explore natural cycles and human impact

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