Monthly Archives: November 2019

What I’ve been up to lately

I’ve been very busy, and neglecting the website! Here’s a little catch up.

Last winter, while in Dawson City for the Berton House Writer Residency, I was thrilled to also serve as a judge for the Writers’ Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, along with Catherine Hernandez and Joshua Whitehead. Reading the stories and assembling the anthology was an intense and amazing experience! Congrats to all the writers, and to the finalists!

I’m incredibly lucky to have been able to do some international travel this year, for the Hay Festival in QuerĂ©taro, Mexico and Arequipa, Peru. Secwepemc poet Garry Gottfriedson was with us for the Peru leg of the festival, hanging out with him and Cusco poet Jorge Alejandro Vargas Prado was definitely a highlight. And of course, Sean Cranbury!


Sean and I were also at the Surrey International Writers’ Conference this year. This is a gathering of writers like no other. The sense of community was really impressive, and folks were very friendly and welcoming. In addition to a keynote speech, I sat on a couple of panels, and gave workshops on writing autofiction, and navigating social media as a writer.

For the 2019/2020 school year, I am serving as the Writer in Residence at Simon Fraser University, in the Brutalist Rain Palace up on Burnaby Mountain. It’s been a wonderful term meeting with SFU writers and discussing their work. Next term I am honoured and excited to be one of the Jack and Doris Shadbolt Fellows in the Humanities at SFU, working with SFU Galleries to build and foster relationships between visual arts and the humanities.

Amidst all this excitement, I also plan to finish my novel, The Matriarchs, by spring 2020. Better get on that.