emerging writers

“Jellyfish” wins Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest

I’m deeply grateful that judge Sheldon Currie and the folks at The Antigonish Review gave my story, “Jellyfish,” first place in the Sheldon Currie Fiction Contest. The story appears in TAR 183 (pictured below), which has a pretty rugged-looking jellyfish on the cover. My story is about sickness and addiction and water and I’m really excited it found such a lovely home. TAR has published my work twice already and as a young Nova Scotian writer it means a lot to have the support of this fine journal.

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cover out, October readings, an exciting time

I’m super thrilled to announce that the cover of my forthcoming poetry book, We Are No Longer The Smart Kids In Class, has been released. The cover and interior were designed by David Moratto and I really couldn’t be happier with the packaging. The book itself comes out in November, and I plan to have launches in Halifax, NS, and London, ON, in addition to the Guernica launch in Toronto. In addition to standard readings, these launches will include certain mystery activities (there are whispers of a spelling bee). I’ll be amping up to the book launch with a couple of readings in Toronto–October 3rd at the Words and Music Salon and October 13th at the Emerging Writers Reading Series (http://ewreading.com/). If you’re interested in attending any of these events, please feel free to contact me. Though I have been called crotchety in the past, I’ve been working hard on my approachability.