Poet

Vancouver Island, BC

I grew up in Spillimacheen, BC, at the confluence of the Spillimacheen and Columbia Rivers in the valley bottom between the Rockies and Purcells.

 

My family of six lived in a house without running water or central heating. My mother carried washing water from the slough below the house and drove a couple of miles to Washout Creek for our drinking water. [more]

Poetry

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Poetry

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Poetry

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About Me

I grew up in Spillimacheen, BC, at the confluence of the Spillimacheen and Columbia Rivers in the valley bottom between the Rockies and Purcells.

 

My family of six lived in a house without running water or central heating. My mother carried washing water from the slough below the house and drove a couple of miles to Washout Creek for our drinking water. 

I left Spilly when I was 18 and moved to the coast of BC where I got my degree in science, started working in biotech, and raised my family. I love my coastal life; I'm an avid kayaker, hiker and gardener.

Like those of us who spent our childhoods in the same community, the place where I grew up is fixed in my memory: the landscape as much as the people. But memory is a capricious companion and in my current poetry manuscript, about growing up and leaving Spillimacheen, I re-imagine when memory is not enough. 

In 2014, I graduated with a BA in writing from the University of Victoria. While at UVic, I had the good fortune to study with acclaimed poets Melanie Siebert, Tim Lilburn and Lorna Crozier.

 

I’ve also studied with Jan Zwicky at Hollyhock, on Cortes Island, and with Don McKay at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

 

I recently completed my MFA at the University of British Columbia where I studied poetry with Susan Musgrave (my thesis advisor) and George Murray.

I am a member of the League of Canadian Poets and regularly attend the Planet Earth Poetry Series in Victoria.

Photographs of Spillimacheen credit Catherine J. Stewart.

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS 2019

I'm excited to announce...

The publication of my debut poetry collection!
Snow Melts First in the Middle of the Slough will be launched in May, 2019.
The manuscript was accepted by Thistledown Press, for their New Leaf Series.Thistledown is one of the oldest independent publishers in Canada and I am so pleased to be in their capable hands. Peruse their new titles and order something for you and a friend here
Launch date: May 14th, 7:00 pm, doors open at 6:30
Location: Munro's Books, 1108 Government St, Victoria, BC
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May 22, 7:30 pm, The Beaumont Gallery, 316 W 5th Ave, Vancouver

June 13, 6:00 pm, Invermere Public Library

June 20, 6:30 pm, Golden Public Library

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