I’ve been writing since I was a kid, and I was first published at the age of fourteen as one of the winners of This Magazine‘s Great Canadian Literary Hunt. Since then my fiction, poetry, articles, and essays, have appeared in piles of publications including The Huffington Post, Counterpunch, The Dominion, Canadian Woman Studies, and many others, as well as having won a handful of awards. My first book of poems, These Burning Streets, was published in 2012 by Combustion Books.
I spent the majority of my adolescence hitch hiking and riding freight trains across the country, living in abandoned buildings, flop houses, tent cities, and tree platforms at protest camps. My fiction and poetry illustrate life in society’s margins, giving voice to the stories which are often absent from mainstream literature.
My non-fiction usually covers topics relating to social and environmental justice, LGBTQI* issues, womens’ issues, and prisoner justice. I’ve given lectures and participated in conferences across the country on harm reduction, incarceration, and violence against women. I also recently co-founded Voices Unchained, a magazine which publishes art and writing by incarcerated women.
I’m in my final year of an undergraduate degree in Human Rights and Human Diversity at Wilfrid Laurier University.