I am proud to be from rural Alberta, Canada.
In addition to poetry and performance I write about literature, pop culture, and the arts.
MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry), Columbia University
BA Hon. in Philosophy, University of Alberta
Thesis on the aesthetic experience of nature (beyond logic/articulation) supervised by Allen Carlson, pioneer in the philosophy of nature/environmental aesthetics.
Philosophy of the body with Cressida J. Heyes, Canada's Research Chair in Gender and Sexuality, included a yoga practice that built on a dance/phenomenology background.
A combination of experiential somatics, theory, and storytelling continues to inform her interest in expression, politics, epistemology, and sweat.
Before teaching writing I worked in a sex-positive, woman-positive and body-positive sex shop. That led to educational presentations on body/language in academia and the greater community, and a theatre production addressing the ways we teach and talk about sex. I also worked as a Creative and Literacy programmer in public libraries and Inner City Children's Programs, fostering creativity and confidence in at-risk youth.