Fiction and Essays


"Map of the Moon," third place, Canadian Shorts, contest and anthology sponsored by Canadian Author Spotlight and published by Mischievous Books, May 2017.

"Demeter's Easter," second place, 17th edition of Ten Stories High, the annual anthology of short fiction published by the Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association, Spring 2017.

"Two for Balance," New Orphic Review, Vol. 19, No. 1, Spring 2016.

"Simone on Butter," first place, 15th edition of Ten Stories High, the annual anthology of short fiction published by the Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association, Spring 2015.

"Iceberg," The Blind Hem, online fashion-related journal, 2013.

"Thirty-Two Faces," 11th edition of Ten Stories High, the annual anthology of short fiction published by the Niagara Branch of the Canadian Authors Association, Spring 2011, and in Compose, Spring 2013.

"Improvisation," part of the Liar, Liar project of Northern Mosaic, an integrated arts organization based in Thunder Bay, exhibited April 2013.

"Walking Out," South Dakota Review 49.3 (Fall 2011).

"MacDonald Variety," Prairie Fire 32.3 (Fall 2011).

"Awake! Awake!" Prairie Fire 29.3 (Fall 2008).

Ontario Arts Council, Writers Works in Progress/Northern Competition (March 2010) grant to support a short story collection. Writers' Reserve grants (2012-13) to support completion of the collection. Creator Grant (2018-19) to complete a novel.


Reverberations: A Daughter's Meditations on Alzheimer's, Signature Editions, October 2019.

"Hours of Daylight," third place in creative nonfiction, Prairie Fire 2017 contest, Prairie Fire 39.2 (Summer 2018).

"Entanglement," Atticus Review, 21 June 2018. Previously shortlisted for EVENT's Non-Fiction Contest, 2017.

"Let d Be the Distance Between Us," The Grief Diaries, Issue 4 Volume 1, The Anniversary Issue, June, 2018.

"Atomic Tangerine," Honourable Mention in The New Quarterly's Edna Staebler Personal Essay award, Summer 2017; published in Issue #146, Spring 2018.

"Nulliparous," Pithead Chapel, August 2017.

"Backwards, Opposite, Contrary," Full Grown People, July 11, 2017.

"Bypass Instructions," Compose Spring 2017. Nominated for the Best of the Net (Sundress Publications) and a Pushcart Prize.

"Through the Hearts of Space," Gravel (a literary journal published by the MFA program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello). May 2017.

"Skeletons," The Walleye, October 2016 (p. 81).

"Dripsody (Reprise)," Malahat Review "Elusive Boundaries" Issue #193 (special creative nonfiction issue), Winter 2015.

"Big Ideas, Small Feet," third place in creative nonfiction, Prairie Fire 2014 contest, Prairie Fire 36.2 (Summer 2015).

"Schrรถdinger's Dog," shortlist, carte blanche/Creative Nonfiction Collective 2014-15 creative nonfiction competition, April 2015.

"Counting Dogs,", March 2015.

"Words," second place, 2012 Contest, Room, in Room 36.2 (Summer 2013), and in Best Canadian Essays 2014.

"Late Spring," Beautiful Things, River Teeth, Summer 2014.

"Go to a Deaf Event," February 2014 Fuel anthology,

"Fight Flight Freeze," February 2014 NOWW Magazine.

"All I Can Say," shortlisted for the 2009 CBC Literary Awards, in Room 34.3 (Fall 2011), and in Best Canadian Essays 2012.

"Nothing Wrong: A True Story," January 2011 NOWW Magazine (written in response to a challenge to write a postcard story of fewer than 500 words, based on an image of the AIDS Red Ribbon).

"Home," Riverwalk Journal (Honorable Mention, 2007 Creative Nonfiction contest).

"Surprise," Canceling the Milk: Stories and Poems of Loss, Pathways Hospice, 2005.

Ontario Arts Council, Writers Works in Progress/Northern Competition (2016-17) and Writers' Reserve grants (2013-14) and (2016-17) to support nonfiction collections.


Sage Hill Writing, Summer 2018. Fiction Workshop/Colloquium with Jacqueline Baker.

Interview, Off the Shelf, Thunder Bay Public Library blog, June 2018.

My Writing Space, featured at the blog for The New Quarterly, May 22, 2018.

"Memoir Excerpt: Cradle of the Deep," a brief description of the writerly challenges my sister and I found while compiling my mother's memoir for publication, NOWW Magazine, Winter 2018.

"Writing Memory, Writing Truth: Notes on Denise Chong's Workshop," NOWW Magazine, Spring 2017 (with Roy Blomstrom).

A peek "behind the scenes" at the creation of "Bypass Instructions," Compose blog, 2017.

Book Review of Braiding Sweetgrass, by Robin Wall Kimmerer. At Brevity magazine: (

Random Acts of Poetry, Definitely Superior Art Gallery, Thunder Bay, October 2016.

Part of "Light Poem," an exhibit of the art of Riaz Mehmood at Definitely Superior Art Gallery, October 2016.