More About Me: The Version with no Bull


"Don't shove me into your damn pigeonhole, where I don't fit, because I'm all over. My tentacles are coming out of the pigeonhole in all directions."

— Ursula K Le Guin

In the course of thirty years working as a festival director, freelance editor, university lecturer, managing editor, acquisitions editor, clerk of court, bartender, janitor and door-to-door salesman, I have acquired an honours degree in Dutch and Afrikaans literature, and an MA and PhD in English. It’s astounding what people leave in the garbage.

I wrote my first book when I was twelve. It was awful. I hope my writing has improved since then. When I am not writing, I try to imagine the past life of my parrot—I think it may have been a pirate.

If you want to know more about my writing, visit my Blog, or browse my Bull to see what I’ve been up to.

Notable Achievements, Awards, Shortlists, etc.

Creative Writing

  • 1st Runner-up in the Toronto Fringe New Play Contest (Barbarians)

  • Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize (Shortlist: Unquiet Bones )

  • Alberta Creative Development Initiative Grant (to write Counting Teeth: A Namibian Story)

  • Mackie Lake House Writer-in-Residence

  • IBBY / ASAHI Award for Literacy Promotion (Thuli’s Mattress)


  • Editors Canada Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence (Winner 2013; Honourable Mention, 2011 and 2007)

  • Book Publishers Association of Alberta Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence (Winner 2012; Honourable Mention 2014)

  • American Association of University Presses Residency Grant


  • Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship

Fun (-ish) Facts

  • I have an on and off affair with social media. Mostly off.

  • I have a working portable Underwood typewriter. It’s in storage.

  • I still write letters. By hand. Sometimes.

  • Downtowns are beyond my comprehension. Best to avoid travel with me entirely.