I’ve been writing personally and professionally since I was fifteen years old when my first article about a family sailing trip was published in a magazine. I went on to have a poem published in a national youth magazine that made me a minor celebratory for about a week in high school. Then I published an opinion piece in the local newspaper that changed a school board policy and I learned just how powerful words could be.
Since then, my non-fiction and poetry has appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites including the Globe and Mail, Bella Grace, Mabel and Kind Over Matter.
Along the way, I earned an Honours B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a graduate diploma in Journalism from Humber College. I’ve studied creative writing at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies. One of my travel essays won third place at the 2017 Book Passages Travel Writing and Photography Conference.
These days, I’m currently working on an essay collection about living with spina bifida .
A Few Things About Me:
- I’m 4’7” tall as a result of being born with a mild form of spina bifida. Other than not being able to reach things on the top shelf at the grocery store, my life is pretty normal.
- I spent a year and a half living about a 35 foot sailboat with my family from age 14-16. We traveled around the east coast of Canada, the USA and the Bahamas. As a result, I can sail, start an outboard motor, clean fish, and pack everything I need for a two-week trip into a single carry-on. I’m writing a memoir about this experience.
- Before moving aboard the sailboat, I grew up on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia. I now live amidst the hustle-and-bustle of downtown Toronto, but look forward to moving back to the quiet and clean air of the country in the future.
- I love figure skating and even competed in a few adult competitions. I’ve take a break from the sport but still live by this skating maxim – fall down nine times, pick yourself up ten.
- I’ve written in a diary/journal almost every day since I was 12 years old. I have over 30 notebooks tucked away, filled with memories and possible material for books and essays.
You can read my thoughts on the writing life on my blog.