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.
Notable Achievements, Awards, Shortlists, etc.
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.