Friday, 22 September 2017

CBC Nonfiction Prize

This past week something truly marvelous happened. My story "Trust Exercise" won the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize! This prize includes $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts and a 10-day writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. The other shortlisted stories were all incredibly powerful, and I feel like the luckiest writer alive at the moment.

The jury, composed of David Bidini, Charlotte Gray, and Carmen Aguirre had these lovely words to say about my piece:

"'Trust Exercise' is an elegant reminder not only of the malleability of memory, but also of its interruptions. The writing here breathes like a series of long sighs, and there's a quiet to the prose the way a flame set to parchment is muted yet alive. The devil is in the details, sure, but this wry story of love glides and swoops, too."

"Trust Exercise" can be read on CBC Books.

Friday, 7 July 2017

Debut Novel Coming Spring 2019!

I'm thrilled to announce that my first novel, currently entitled Proof I Was Here, will be published in Spring 2019 by Buckrider Books, the fiction and poetry imprint of Wolsak & Wynn. The name "Buckrider"comes from a Belgian and Dutch legend about bands of robbers who flew around on magical goats robbing locals. While there are no magical goats in my novel, there are indeed a lot of thieves, so I'm very excited to have found such a perfect home for my first book!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Riding the Rails

Taking the UP Express train between Pearson Airport and Union Station this summer? If so, you'll have just enough time to check out my latest story, “Point A to Point X.” Located conveniently in the seat-pocket in front of you, On the UP is a cute little magazine that highlights different areas of interest in Toronto and surrounding parts of Ontario. Each issue also features a piece of short fiction. Past issues have included stories by a bunch of my favourite Ontario writers: Eufemia Fantetti, Ayelet Tsabari, Heather Birrell, Sheila Heti, and Cheri Dimaline, just to name a few! I'm excited to be riding the rails in such good company! 

Thursday, 2 February 2017

A New Year, A New Story...

I'm pleased as punch to have my new story, "Coral Joy" in the latest issue of This Magazine. The online version of the story is available here! (Accompanied by a lovely illustration by Stephanie Singleton.)

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Blood & Bourbon

It’s always exciting when there’s a new lit mag in town, especially if that magazine comes with a manifesto. Blood & Bourbon is a new Canadian journal whose mandate is “to celebrate all things hard, gritty, and raw.” Add to that the fact that one of the editors is Matt Lennox, a favourite grit-lit writer, and I’m thrilled to have two short stories in the inaugural issue. Free e-copies can be downloaded here!

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

subTerrain – No. 71

My latest story, “Cream,” has just hit the stands in subTerrain #71. The issue was illustrated by David Boswell, legendary Vancouver comic book artist, and his drawings for my story are crazy-cool. Pick up a copy of the magazine to check them out! I'm still making my way through the issue--it just arrived yesterday--but so far it's full of essential fall reading: Peter Babiak’s essay on schooling digital natives, and an excerpt from Anakana Schofield’s “Martin John,” recently shortlisted for the Giller Prize!

Sunday, 21 September 2014

A Tale of Two Residencies

This past year, I was lucky enough to participate in two different writers' residency programs: one in Banff and one in Barcelona. I recently wrote a short post about my time at the Banff Centre here.

In Barcelona, I was living at Jiwar Creation and Society. The founders organized a six-week residency to coincide with Festa de San Jordi, a Valentine's Day-like holiday when people exchange both flowers and books with their sweethearts. (This is obviously my new favourite holiday.) At the end of my Jiwar stay, I was invited to do a public reading in the garden. It was an unforgettable experience to read from my novel in the same neighbourhood where the work was originally inspired. I'm so grateful to have spent time in both of these artist-supportive and beautiful places.