forthcoming Events

70th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki commemorative reading

I will be reading from my collection Grace Shiver at this event at the Vancouver Public Library at 7 pm on July 29th. VPL – MC – 70th Anniversary Hiroshima and Nagasaki – Poster – 2015-07-29 and 2015-08-05


“How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting” anthology launch

I will be reading at the BC launch of the new anthology How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting, edited by Jessica Hiemstra and Lisa Martin-DeMoor out from TouchWood Editions this fall. The event is scheduled for November 29 in Victoria, details tba.


“Pushing the Boundaries” panel discussion

This fall I will participate in an interesting panel reading and discussion: “Pushing the Boundaries: Women, Memoir and the Radical Essay” on Monday October 28th at 7 pm in the Alma van Dusen room of the downtown Vancouver Public Library.

Pushing the Boundaries


“Force Field” anthology launch

I am happy to be included in the new mothertongue press anthology Force Field: 77 BC Women Poets, and have been celebrating this at launches in Vancouver and Burnaby. I will also be helping launch the anthology on Sunday May 19 at the Seymour Art Gallery in Deep Cove, at 2 pm.


November 2012 news

A round-up of recent literary activities:

In early 2012 I was fortunate enough to receive grants from the Canada Council and BC Arts Council to work on a novel which examines, among other issues, the impact of the Falklands War on both a British and an Argentinian combatant. I also recently spent a fabulous if too-short week on a self-directed literary residency at the Banff Centre working on it.

The talented musician and poet Rodney deCroo recently featured one of my poems on his new website, which is worth investigating for the range of poetic and musical gems it contains. Two poems will also be featured in an upcoming anthology of 75 BC Women Poets by Mother Tongue Press, due out in 2013, entitled Force Field. An essay will also be published in an intriguing creative nonfiction anthology, focused on experiences of pregnancy, childbirth and parenting, entitled How to Expect What You’re Not Expecting, edited by Jessica Hiemstra and Lisa Martin-deMoor, due out in the fall of 2013. I also continue to review fiction, including a review of Carmen Rodrigues’s novel Retribution in a recent issue of the Literary Review of Canada.

Finally, I was excited that Grace Shiver was long listed for the ReLit Poetry Award, an award I admire for its independence and integrity. Congratulations to the winners in all genres.


Panel discussion at Humber

Will be in Toronto on July 7 to speak on a panel at the Humber School of Writers Summer School.


Kranky Cafe Reading

I will be reading alongside Catherine Owen and Daniel Zomparelli at the Kranky Cafe, 4th and Main in Vancouver, at 7pm on Thursday February 2. Admission free.


Grace Shiver Launch

Please join me as I launch my new collection of poems, Grace Shiver, published by Inanna Publications, on Friday January 27 (tbc) at 7 pm at People’s Co-op Bookstore, 1391 Commercial Drive, Vancouver. Snacks and drinks provided.


November in Vancouver

November 11: The Writers’ Studio Reading Series

November 23: Vancouver Writers’ Festival/Vancouver Public Library Incite Reading Series, with Rebecca Rosenblum and Ray Robertson. 7:30 pm, Vancouver downtown library


Event 40th Anniversary party

I’m reading at the EVENT magazine 40th anniversary party, the Douglas Room, Douglas College, New Westminster, 7pm Thursday October 26th, along with other previous editors Calvin Wharton, David Zieroth and Leona Gom, and current editor Liz Bachinsky.