I’m the author of the poetry collection Observations from Off the Grid and a book of travel essays, Every Day We Disappear. My multi-genre writing has appeared in numerous publications, from the Globe and Mail to Utne Reader to Poetry Ireland Review. I’ve even won a few awards.
In 2006, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Creative Writing. I was 36 at the time. I became a (very) mature student after travelling for more than 15 years. During that time I learned how to plant trees, deep-fry donuts, survey for caves, harvest olives, clean toilets, throw pots and many other things that have nothing and everything to do with writing.
After graduating, I went to India. Next I lived in a log cabin off the grid on Haida Gwaii. Then I moved to Hokkaido and taught English to the villagers of Ohtaki for two years.
In 2017 I completed a Masters of Journalism at Ryerson University. As part of my training, I worked as a reporter for the Haliburton Echo. Last April (2018) I drove from Toronto to the Yukon to Cape Breton Island in a Saturn Ion to meet the people creating local news in rural Canada. I’m still on the road.