2017-present MFA in Fiction-University of New Orleans, LA. Pending graduation.
2003-2005 MA in Modern Art and Theory- University of Essex, Colchester, UK
Thesis Title: "To Dress As If: The Art and Life of Leigh Bowery". Supervised by Dr. Margaret Iversen.
Synopsis of Research: As a subject without previous academic literature, the groundbreaking thesis on Leigh Bowery initiated a typology of his costumes and performances. The thesis located his artistic production in the unique intersection of queer performance, dress and textile history and contemporary art.
2001-2003 BA in Visual Arts, Major in Art History- NSCAD University, Halifax, NS.
Independent research project: "The Janus Face: Walter Benjamin, Theodor Adorno and the Concept of Aura." Supervised by Dr. David Howard.
1998-2001 BFA Interdisciplinary- NSCAD University, Halifax, NS.
1995-1999 BA in Political Science- Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS.
ARTS WORK AND RELATED EXPERIENCE
2018-2019 Contest Coordinator- Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
2018 Administrative assistant- Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival
2013-2018 Co-founder and Creative Program Director- The Lemon Tree House Residency, Tuscany, Italy.
October 2016 My ekphrasis poem "Take Away The Bells", commissioned by the artist William Robinson, was cast as a bronze plaque and displayed as part of his exhibit as the Atlantic nominee of the Sobey Art Award at The National Gallery of Canada, October 6, 2016- Feb 6, 2017.
2015-2017 White Rabbit Arts- Festival Coordinator, 2016. Festival Volunteer Coordinator, 2015. Board of White Rabbit Arts 2015-2017.
2015 Taught a poetry workshop to Grade five students at Chignecto Public School, Truro, NS.
2013-2015 Staff Food Writer for BlogTO, with over 200 articles published on Toronto’s most trafficked website.
2008- 2011 Textile Museum of Canada. I researched and prepared textiles in the permanent collection under Curator Natalia Nekrassova and Conservator Margaret Ballantyne. Previously, I researched patron inquiries on related textile history, theory and technique, located source material and direct their research within the H. N. Pullar Library.
2019 Winner of Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers- Graduate Award for Fiction
2015-2016 Alistair MacLeod Mentorship Program, Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia. Mentor: Linda Little
2014 Winner of the University of Toronto Penguin/Random House Student Award for Fiction for the short story “The Crossing”, published in Three, Vol. XII, 2014.
2014 Colchester Historical Society Heritage Award for self-published book Moving Days with Douglas Moffatt.
2012 Finalist for The University of Toronto Penguin/Random House Student Award for Fiction for the novel section “Hot Valentine!!!!!” in Three. Vol. X, 2012.
2016 Arts Nova Scotia- Creation Grant
CONFERENCES AND RESIDENCIES ATTENDED
March 2019 Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers Conference
March 2018 AWP National Conference- Tampa, FL
February 2017 AWP National Conference- Washington, DC- Panelist.
April 2016 Alliance of Artist Communities Emerging Program Conference- New Orleans.
March 2015 Crosshatch residency, Michigan- month long residency.
February 2015 Vermont Studio Center, Vermont- partial scholarship.
August 2013 Art Farm Nebraska- Nebraska month-long writing residency.
October 2012 Banff Centre for the Arts “Wired Writing Studio”, Alberta- mentor Lynn Coady.
March 23, 2019 Gulf Coast Association of Creative Writing Teachers, Fairhope, Alabama. (Fiction)
January 20, 2017 City Series #5 Halifax Book Launch, Frog Hollow Press, The Centre, Halifax, NS. ( Poetry)
July 31, 2016 Universal Dawn, Sappy Fest, Sackville, NB. (Poetry)
May 7, 2016 Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS. (Novel)
February 13, 2016 Flock Readings and Talks, Thunder and Lightening, Sackville, NB. (Poetry)
October 2014 University of Toronto Faculty Club, Toronto, ON. (Short Story)
“That part of driving” in Canadian Literature, Spring/Summer 2017.
"Why Do We Like the Same Things?", "When I Have Thoughts of the Future" in Frog Hollow Press chapbook City Series: Number 5- Halifax, 2016.
“Greg Brownderville: The Poet From Pumpkin Bend.” Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies, vol. 50, no.1, Spring/April 2019, pp. 37-43.
“Folk Art Found Money: Locating the outsider artist beyond Maud's house." BILLIE: Undercurrents in Atlantic Canadian Visual Culture, Fall 2016.
“Good Looking Books: 2014”s most stylish tomes.” National Post, November 28, 2014.
“Jesse. B Harris: ‘Idyeahs’, Georgia Sherman Projects, Toronto, February 16-20, 2010.” Hunter and Cook, Issue #6 (Summer, 2010): 72-74.
“Jennifer Murphy”. Bad Day, Issue #6 (December, 2009): 22-31.
Artist Catalogue Essays
William Robinson, Duet. Calgary: TRUCK, Jan 20- March 3, 2018
Sarah Gregg Millman, A Fun Time Is A Great Time. Toronto: Mercer Union, July 3- August 15, 2009.
Mario Doucette, Histoires. Hamilton: Hamilton Artists Inc, March 7- April 19, 2008.
Rev. of The Ambassador of What by Adrian Michael Kelly, Quill & Quire, Oct. 2018.
Rev. of This Keeps Happening by H.B.Hogan, Quill & Quire, Oct. 2018.
Rev. of Sharp: The Women Who Made an Art of Having an Opinion by Michelle Dean, Quill & Quire, April 2018.
Rev. of The Long Way Home by John DeMont, Quill & Quire, Oct. 2017.
Rev. of Lost in September by Kathleen Winter, Quill & Quire, September 2017.
Rev. of Men without Women by Haruki Murakami, Maclean's, June 2017.
Rev. of The Last Neanderthal by Claire Cameron, Quill & Quire, April 2017.
Rev. of Son Of A Trickster by Eden Robinson, Maclean's, March 2017.
Rev. of Transit by Rachel Cusk, Quill & Quire, January, 2017.
Rev. of The Angel of History by Ramid Alameddine, Maclean’s, November 5, 2016.
Rev. of The Lesser Bohemians by Eimear McBride, Maclean’s, October 16, 2016.
Rev. of The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, Maclean’s, March 25, 2016.
Rev. of The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante, Maclean’s, September 9, 2015.
Rev. of Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget by Sarah Hepola. Maclean’s, June 20, 2015.
Rev. of Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers onthe Decision Not to have Kids edited by Meaghan Daum. Maclean’s, April 12, 2015.
Rev. of Fifty-Year Silence: Love, War and A Ruined House In France by Miranda Richmand Mouillot, Maclean’s, February 8, 2015.
Rev. of Men: Notes From An On-going Investigation by Laura Kipnis, Maclean’s, November 20, 2014.
Rev. of North of Normal by Cea Sunrise Person, National Post, June 14, 2014.
Rev. of The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt, National Post, March 18, 2014.
Rev. of Burial Rites by Hannah Kent, Maclean’s, October 4, 2013.
Rev. of Blue Plate Special: An Autobiography Of My Appetites by Kate Christensen, Maclean’s, July 26, 2013.
Rev. of Homeward Bound: Why women are embracing the new Domesticity by Emily Matchar, Maclean’s. June 17, 2013.
Rev. of To Eat: A Country Life by Joe Eck and Wayne Winterrowd, Maclean’s, June 17, 2013.
Rev. of The Selected Letters of Willa Cather edited by Andrew Jewell and Janis Stout, Maclean’s. June 10, 2013.
OTHER WORK EXPERIENCE
2005-2012 Actinolite, Oddfellows, Swan, bar_one. Restaurants- all Toronto- various restaurant positions including server and Manager.
2011 Kitchen Garden Farm- Odessa, ON- farmhand. Lived and worked on an organic vegetable farm. Ran the market stall in Kingston.
1998-2011 Held various positions as Assistant to or Head of Wardrobe and Costume for both stage and screen. Feature length films included Still, The Lesser Blessed, Love that Boy, This Boy, and numerous music videos.