Welcome! A bit about me and this blog...





After over two decades in molecular genetics research, I finally realized I'd been learning more and more about less and less! Skittish at the prospect of knowing everything about nothing, I turned, for solace, to writing, and I've been winning awards for my prose ever since.

My first book, The Meaning Of Children, was released in Canada in 2011 by Exile Editions. It made the Top 10 list for the CBC - Scotiabank Giller Prize Readers' Choice Contest, longlisted for The ReLit Award and made Salty Ink's Top 10 Canadian Books of 2011 Short Fiction. Over 20 of my stories have appeared, in anthologies like Best New Writing 2011 and the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2012, as well as in the following journals: The Antigonish Review, The Binnacle, BluePrintReview, carte blanche, Cellstories.net, Cliterature, The Dalhousie Review, Descant, Ear Lit Shorts, Exile Quarterly, Fog City Review, Gemini Magazine, Grain, Joyland.ca, The Nashwaak Review, The New Quarterly, On The Premises, Red Wheelbarrow, Rampike, Rio Grande Review, r.kv.r.y. quarterly, Staccato Fiction, The Vocabula Review, and Windsor Review (links to those available online are to the right).

A couple of years back, I went to Winnipeg for FemFest 2010: On the Edge, a feminist theatre festival put on by Hope McIntyre's Sarasvati Productions. There I was fortunate to see my monologue "Chelle" brought to life by the incomparable Nan Fewchuk.

Recent honours include the Pushcart Prize nominations in fiction and nonfiction, submission for the National Magazine Awards, Professional Writers' Association of Canada's Short Articles Award, an Editor's Choice Award for the Eric Hoffer Prose competition, first prize in The Vocabula Review Well-Written Writing Contest, and the David Adams Richards Prize from the Writers' Federation of New Brunswick for my fiction collection The Meaning of Children (judge JoAnne Soper-Cook said the most amazing things about it).

My nonfiction and academic work have appeared in such well-known Canadian venues as Maclean’s Magazine, The Toronto Star, The National Post, The Hill Times, The Montreal Gazette and CBC Radio One (Canada’s NPR-equivalent), as well as in numerous lay publications and learned journals.

A life-long Anglo Montrealer, I live with my husband and children in a sort-of suburb--20 minutes from downtown--called Notre Dame de Grace, or NDG among the cognoscenti. Of course, wags sometimes say NDG stands for No Damn Good...but who cares what they think, anyway? 

After taking many (many!) workshops offered by the Quebec Writers' Federation, I was invited in fall 2010 to lead one, an opportunity that taught me a lot and for which I am very grateful.

It pleases me strangely to believe I'm the only Canadian fiction writer to have sequenced her own DNA.

Oh, and this blog? It exists to capture some of my thoughts and preoccupations...though some of them--like the need for better gun control laws--some might consider my obsession.

Welcome and please feel free to drop me a line.