Research & Scholarship
M.F.A (Creative Writing) (April 2015)
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
M.A. (Interdisciplinary Humanities): English (Great Distinction)
Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, 2009
Graduate of Humber School for Writers: Non-Fiction
(Supervisor/Mentor: John Bentley Mays), 2005
B.A. (Major in Communications) (Great Distinction)
Trinity Western University, Langley, British Columbia, 2001
Forthcoming: Book Review for Journal of Mennonite Studies of Songen by Patrick Friesen Summer 2019
Two poems commissioned for the DaCappa Choral Project, World Premiere March 2019.
Poem: “The Bhuddist Novice” Scream Online Journal, California, Oct 2018
Essay: “Oral History”, CMW Journal, Vol. 10, 2018.
Poem: “My Name” 150+ Canada’ History in Poetry Anthology, edited by Judy Gaudet, Acorn Press, Charlottetown, 2018.
Poem “Magnolia Blossoms” Vigil Magazine April 27, 2017.
Interview with Joy Kogowa for Image Journal, No. 95, Winter 2017.
Chapbook, Narrow Passageways, Alfred Gustav Press, Series 16, Vancouver, 2017.
Book Review for The Round Table Digest online journal Love Giving Well: The Pilgrimage of Philanthropy by Mark Petersen, Wipf and Stock, Oregon, 2017.
Book Review for Canadian Literature, “The Centre and Margins” a review of Joanne Epp’s Eigenheim (Turnstone) and Raht Kurd’s Cosmophilia (Talonbooks). University of British Columbia. Spring 2017.
Essay: “Crochet” (or the story of an immigrant family)”, Centre for Mennonite Writing
Journal, Goshen, forthcoming, January 2017.
Poetry: “From,” “Annie,” “My Name” for National Voices Anthology 2016, Canadian
Authors, Vancouver, 2016.
Poem: “My Name” for In/Words Magazine, Carleton University Press,
Refuge(e), Vol. 15. 3, 2016.
Poem: The Lingering, Craighleigh Press (contest winner 1st place free verse), 2016.
Book Review of Deepening Community: Finding Joy in Chaotic Times by Paul Born
Berret-Koehler Publishers, Inc., San Francisco, 2014, for Engage, publication of Tamarack Institute, 2016.
Poetry: Unspoken—an Inheritance of Words, Fern Hill Publications,
Vancouver, BC, 2016
Book Review of All My Puny Sorrows, Miriam Toews, Alfred A. Knopf, Canada,
Toronto (2014), for Mennonite Life, Bethel College, April 2015.
Book Review of Inside My Own Skin, Guillae de Fonclare, transl by Yves Henri Cloarec,
Hanging Loose Press, Brooklyn, NY (2010), for Prism International, Online.
February 23, 2015.
Book Review (Poetry) of What Does a House Want? By Gary Geddes, Red Hen Press,
Pasadena, CA (2014), for Prism International, January 2015.
Essay: “Against Sentimentality” [spaces] literary journal (Department of English and
Creative Writing, TWU), 2014. Guest Contributor.
Poetry: Force Field: Anthology of 77 Women Poets of BC (April 2013)
“In Lieu of Flowers”, “A Few Weeks After the Funeral”, “Shopping at the Souk”, “My Name”.
Essay and Poetry: “Inheritance of Words, Unspoken.” Demeter Press (April 2013).
“I am from Many Places”, “Memory is a Taste in My Mouth”, “Home is in the Evening Shade of a Low Mountain”, “My Grandmother’s Strong Name”, “Telegram 1943”, “Annie”, “A Talk with My Son About God”.
Poetry: Centre for Mennonite Writing Journal Vol. 4 (July 2012).
“Polished Buttons”, “What a Grandfather Leaves”, “The Prisoner”, “Telegram 1943”, “My Grandmother’s Strong Name”, (Variations of) “My Name”
Poetry: [spaces] Literary Journal of Trinity Western University
“I remember Love”
Book Review of Mennonite in a Little Black Dress by Rhoda Janzen. Mennonite Quarterly Review 85.1 (January 2011).
Academic Paper: “The Affirmation of Being in the Poetics of Trauma: The Voice of Anne Michaels.” Renascence: Essays on Values in Literature. Milwaukee:
Marquette University Press, April 2010.
Book Review of Beatitudes by Herménégilde Chiasson, Translated by JoAnn Elder, Gooselane Editions, 2007. Canadian Book Review Annual, 2009.
Book Review of Out of Line: Growing Up Soviet by Tina Grimberg, Tundra Books, Toronto, 2007. Canadian Book Review Annual, 2009.
Book Review of In an Age Reborn, By Grace Sustained: One woman’s journey through aging and chronic illness by Thelma-Anne McLoud, ABC Publishing, 2007. Canadian Book Review Annual, 2009.
Book Review of The Angel Notebooks by Luciano Iacobelli, Seraphim Editions, Hamilton, 2007. Canadian Book Review Annual, 2009.
The Steppes are the Colour of Sepia: A Mennonite Memoir, Ronsdale Press, October 2008.
Excerpt “The Steppes are the Colour of Sepia: A Mennonite Memoir”.
Rhubarb No. 19, (Fall 2008).
Academic Paper: “Aemilia Lanyer’s Salve Deus Rex Judaoerum: Proto-feminism, Piety or Transcendence?” Illumine, University of Victoria, (October 2008).
Academic Paper: “Canadian Mennonite Life-Writing: Silence, Memory and Imagination as Story.” On-line Journal, Goshen College, Fall 2008 (inaugural issue).
Book Review of What My Arms Can Carry by Gianna Patriarca, Guernica, 2007. Canadian Book Review Annual. August, 2008.
Book Review of Miraculous Hours by Matt Rader, Nightwood Editions, 2005. Canadian Book Review Annual. August, 2008.
Book Review of He Claims He is the Direct Heir by Lazar Sarna, Porcupine Quill, 2005. Canadian Book Review Annual. August, 2008.
“Returning to Fintry” Mennonite Brethren Herald 46.8 (August 2007): 34-35.
“The Basket.” Half in the Sun: Anthology of Mennonite Writing Ed. Elsie K. Neufeld.
Vancouver: Ronsdale Press, 2006. 232-239.
Book Review of A Curious Beatitude by Sarah Klassen, The Muse Company Series,
published by Gordon Shilingford, 2006. Mennonite Brethren Herald 45.12
(September 2006): 30.
“The Little Christmas Crib” Mennonite Brethren Herald 45.16 (December 2006): 8.
“The Basket” Rhubarb: A Magazine of New Mennonite Art and Writing, 11 (Fall
“Nathaniel” (Mennonite Brethren Herald 43.6 (April 2004): 10.
“A Christmas Gift from the Sea” Sophia Wisdom 13.1 (2003): 14. (Contest winner)
“Stormy” Sophia Wisdom 13.2 (2003): 20-21.
“A Mennonite Quilt for a Latvian Finnish Couple” Transformations
LCC University Klaipeda, Lithuania (Winter 2002).
Affiliations & Memberships
Accute – Association of Canadian College and University Teachers of English
Christianity and Literature Study Group
Federation of BC Writers
Writer’s Union of Canada
League of Canadian Poets
Western Literary Association (WLA)
Canadian Author’s Association
Creative Non-fiction Collective, Vancouver Chapter.
Instructor of Creative Writing, 2015- present (BA, MA, MFA)
300/500 level Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry
Teaching Assistant/Instructor, 2007-2015 (MA)
Poetry and Creative Non-Fiction, ENGL 207/ENGL 208/ENGL 310/ENGL 510
- Administering assignments and exercises as directed by the professor in charge of named course: ENGL 207, ENGL 208, ENGL 310/ENGL 510