Poetry

My poem “He Thinks It’s Their Last Book” will appear in Best Canadian Poetry 2022. More on this forthcoming anthology soon!

My two-part poem “He Thinks It’s Their First Book” and “The Last Book” has been chosen as a finalist for the 2022 National Magazine Award in Poetry. Many thanks to The New Quarterly literary magazine for nominating the poem.

On November 12, 2021, I was the poetic opener at Victoria’s Planet Earth Poetry reading series. I presented a selection of poems from my collection Tilling the Darkness. Reneé Sarojini Saklikar followed, introducing her new book of poetry entitled Bramah and the Beggar Boy. Check it out on Youtube!

I was pleased to judge the poetry entries for the Island Writer’s annual writing contest in 2020. Island Writer is a literary magazine published by the Victoria Writers’ Society. I joined fiction judge Julie Paul and creative non-fiction judge Robin Stevenson. Congratulations to all the winners, and to all who submitted poems! The winners for […]

In August, 2019, I joined poets Gisela Ruebsaat and Joy Huebert at Oak Bay’s poetry and sculpture walk, presented by Oak Bay’s Arts Alive sculpture program and GVPL’s Oak Bay Library. Each of us had written a poem in response to one of the outdoor sculptures displayed in the village of Oak Bay. A group […]

In the winter of 2019, Coast Collective artists, based in Colwood, BC, created works of visual art in response to poems written by Vancouver Island poets. In April, the Collective featured an exhibit of these works, accompanied by the poems that inspired them; artists and poets were in attendance. I was delighted to read one […]

While visiting Hawai’i in 2018, I discovered Rebecca Horne’s striking art piece “Pono; Final.” This piece inspired an ekphrastic poem entitled “Ho’oponopono.” On the background of this portrait, Horne has inscribed in tiny handwriting a five-part “mantra.” This meditation is part of the ho’oponopono forgiveness practice, a custom to bring about reconciliation in Old Hawaii. […]

Each summer, Oak Bay’s ArtsAlive public sculpture program treats presents a superb collection of outdoor sculptures. This year, poet Gisela Ruebsaat and I were invited to a poetry and sculpture walk, during which a group of art and poetry lovers toured some of these sculptures and listened to our poems about them. The sculpture in […]

Watch for my poem “Homecoming” in an upcoming issue of CV2 — Contemporary Verse 2: The Canadian Journal of Poetry and Critical Writing.

My poem “The Buck” received an Honourable Mention in the 2018 Literary Writes Contest, organized by the Federation of BC Writers. This poem was published in the Spring, 2018 issue of the FBCW’s literary magazine WordWorks. You can also read it right here: