CV

AWARDS

2018: Tied for 1st place in Room Magazine's Winter 2017/2018 Short Forms contest; two poems shortlisted for PULP Literature’s The Magpie Award for Poetry Contest

2017: Longlisted for Room Magazine’s annual Poetry Contest and shortlisted for PULP Literature’s The Magpie Award for Poetry Contest

2016: Shortlisted for Freefall Magazine’s 2016 Annual Poetry Contest

2012: Awarded a grant to produce two long-form features on Côte d’Ivoire by Glimpse, a nonprofit supported by the National Geographic Society. Published on Matadornetwork.com, the world’s largest independent travel magazine, which receives 13M+ unique visitors each month. 


SELECTED PORTFOLIO

PRINT

Poetry

2017: “Abidjan Aubade”, “Fanicos: The Laundrymen of Banco” and “Ode to the peacock” in emerge 17: The Writer’s Studio Anthology

2017: “If only casseroles could scream” (Oratorealis; Collaborative poem with Fiona Tinwei Lam,

Stephen Berg, Viola Prinz and Emily Olsen; also anthologized in Sustenance: Writers from BC and Beyond on the Subject of Food)

2005: “Icarus” (The Fiddlehead)        

2014: Canada Travel: Rustico a romantic corner of Prince Edward Island” (Toronto Star)                              

2011: Seaton Village lawyer Lucas Lung awarded for work in social justice; Breathing room: A profile of writer Karen Connelly (The Gleaner)                                              

ONLINE

Poetry

2017: “Tobermory” (Event Magazine)

2005: Excavation (paperplates.org)   

Nonfiction

2012: Rebelles: Ivorian women fight for change; Art as reconciliation in Cote d’Ivoire                                  

2012/2011: How pregnancy bridges cultural differences;           Drawing a map of home; The art of staying in touch; The waiting game (Todaysparent.com)

2011: Imagining Africa: El Anatsui brings his metal tapestries to the ROM; Spirit of the Bluebird: animated tribute to a murdered elder; Against the misogyny, the trafficking of women and children       

Figment.com mobilizes next generation of writers (rabble.ca)

RELATED EXPERIENCE

2012-Present: Freelance writer

2016-Present: Head, Communications & Marketing/Board Member, Callia, Côte d’Ivoire

2012-2013: Pregnant Pause Blogger, Todaysparent.com, Rogers Digital Media, Toronto

2011-2012: Web Editorial Coordinator, Todaysparent.com, Canadianparents.com; Travel Blogger and Contributor, Sympatico.ca; Toronto

EDUCATION

2017: Certificate of Creative Writing: Poetry & Lyric Discourse, The Writer’s Studio, SFU

2011: Postgraduate Journalism diploma, London School of Journalism; graduated with Merit

2010: TESOL diploma (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), University of London

1999: B.A. (Honours), English Literature, Queens University, Kingston         

 

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