I’m an eclectic poet, writing lyric one day and found poems the next. I am always fondest of the poem I just wrote. I began writing on a manual green Olivetti typewriter, but I don’t miss having poems flavoured with correction fluid and cross-outs. You can find some of my poems on the main blog page, others on the My Poetry page.
Winning the Lottery is a memoir of sorts, a combination of essay and poetry about my journey through a life-threatening bout of Clostridium Difficile, and life with an ostomy.
Since then, I’ve been collaborating with fellow poet, JC Sulzenko, on 2 chapbooks of co-written poems, Breathing Mutable Air (2015) and Slant of Light (ekphrastic poetry) (2016), both from Nose In Book Publishing. We’re now working on a full collection of ekphrastic poems. Writing alternating stanzas so that a single blended voice emerges especially in response to work by another writer or visual artist has given us a new and challenging focus.
In my spare time, I have served on the Boards of Canadian Authors Association, National Capital Region (Ottawa) and Tree Reading Series (Ottawa). As a poetry selector for Bywords.ca, I review submissions for potential online publication and am one of several editors who work with the annual John Newlove manuscripts for Bywords.