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I’m a writer, illustrator, and Registered Psychotherapist from Quadra Island, BC, Canada.

My book, What It Means to Write: Creativity and Metaphor, is published by McGill-Queen’s University Press (2019).

I won Second Prize in the 2017 Toronto Star Short Story Contest, selected from 1200 submissions—you can read the story here. My fiction has also been published in The New Quarterly, Hart House Review, and Puritan.  Sometimes I write non-fiction, like this piece about travelling light.

My research on how people learn from metaphors has been published in the Creativity Research Journal, the Canadian Review of Art Education, the Journal of International Dialogues on Education, and most recently in the Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies.

I have a PhD from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and I was a Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York. I’m an alumnus of Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific. I’ve received a SSHRC Bombardier Doctoral Fellowship, a SSHRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship, a Toronto Arts Council Writer’s Grant, and a Canada Council for the Arts Grant to write a novel.

My visual work includes commissions, picture books, and illustrations for socially conscious projects.

I’ve worked or studied in Sierra Leone, Uganda, Bosnia, Cuba, Argentina, and Chile.