Active Fiction eBook published by Vancouver Public Library

Remember that time I wrote an off-brand “choose your own adventure” story? That story—along with seven other Vancouver-inspired literary creations—is now part of an eBook published by the Vancouver Public Library! Check out Active Fiction: Literary Fiction & Public Space in Vancouver to read work by:

  • Francine Cunningham
  • Dina Del Bucchia
  • Meredith Hambrock
  • Sarah Higgins
  • Brittany Huddart
  • Kari Lund-Teigen
  • Daniel Zomparelli
  • Me!

The stories are accompanied by rad photos to give you a sense of where each chunk of narrative was originally installed as part of the Active Fiction Project. Thanks to Jaspal Marwah of the Vancouver Public Space Network for all his work pulling that project—and this book—together. Interested readers can sign it out via the VPL website. An interactive meat raffle on Main Street is now just a download away!

Winner of the 2016 Prairie Fire Non-Fiction Contest

I’m thrilled to announce some great news: my essay “The Old House” was selected as the winner of the 2016 Prairie Fire Non-Fiction contest! Thanks so much to judge Helen Humphreys, and to all the readers and folks at Prairie Fire. I’m honoured and pleasantly surprised—this is my first contest win and it feels as great as I’d always meekly hoped.

“The Old House” was written as part of my thesis: a collection of personal essays about nostalgia. Without giving too much away, the essay is about revisiting my childhood home and the memories housed there. Expect a Meredith Brooks reference, reflections on the narrowness of memory, and a paragraph about eating Babybel cheese in bed.

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Thank you again, Prairie Fire! This means so much to me and I’m so excited.

The Graduate

After three great years, I’m happy to announce that I graduated from UBC’s Creative Writing Program last week. It was a fun week of readings, celebrations with pals and mentors, and convocation wizardry.

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Masters of the Dark Arts.

Huge thanks to all the folks who inspired and supported me throughout my MFA–faculty, staff, fellow students, friends, and family. I’m so lucky and grateful to have had this time at UBC. The program truly changed me and the way I write.

Plus, now I have this cool piece of paper for my wall.

Hurray!

Of boobs and online romance

So psyched to have two creative nonfiction pieces out this month in anthologies from Caitlin Press and Little Fiction | Big Truths! I’m in truly fine company in each (Nancy Lee! Stacey May Fowles! Sierra Skye Gemma! Many others!), and both publishers were a treat to work with.  The anthologies are:

RE/CODED
Edited by Amanda Leduc and Troy Palmer
Little Fiction | Big Truths

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“Sixteen diverse essays that explore how various forms of technology have impacted our lives, loves, families and futures.”

My piece, The Archive, asks whether the internet has changed the way we remember love.

 

Boobs: Women Explore What It Means to Have Breasts
Edited by Ruth Daniell
Caitlin Press
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“A diverse collection of stories about the burdens, expectations and pleasures of having breasts. From the agony of puberty and angst of adolescence to the anxiety of aging, these stories and poems go beyond the usual images of breasts found in fashion magazines and movie posters, instead offering dynamic and honest portraits of desire, acceptance and the desire for acceptance.”

My piece, A Site of Potential, discusses breasts as ongoing sites of contemplation, expectation, and change.

Big thanks to the folks at Little Fiction | Big Truths and Caitlin Press!

Time travel with Coolio

Rugrats

I’m thrilled to have “Time of Your Life,” an essay on 90sFest and nostalgia marketing, posted over at The Awl. The Awl is one of my favourite sites, and this piece was a real dream to write. In short: I went to a 90s music festival hosted by Pauly Shore and watched drunk millennials dance to Smash Mouth.

The article is from my thesis (a collection of personal essays about nostalgia and memory), and features, among other bizarre details:

  • A soggy fanny pack
  • A Treasure Troll pocket square
  • Rugrats-related etiquette quandaries
  • Intoxicated Macarena attempts
  • Inflatable furniture
  • “Dawson’s Fleek” tank tops

Interview with Ayelet Tsabari

My interview with the super talented Ayelet Tsabari is now posted on Nineteen Questions! I’ve been a big fan of Ayelet’s work for a long time, and had the good fortune of publishing one of her memoir pieces at PRISM. She spoke to me about literary agents, revision strategies, bravery, and much more. You can check out the interview here.

And since you’ll want to read  her work after hearing her insightful answers, here are some links:

You and What Army (Nonfiction – PDF)

Victim (Nonfiction – PDF)

The Best Place on Earth (Information about her debut short story collection)

 

 

Cutting edge dental fiction

One of my short stories is featured on Joyland this month! It’s a comedic tale of celebrity dental hygiene that required me to Google the following: Joyland

  • Dangling thing throat
  • Dental hygiene school
  • Hip LA artist
  • Ritzy LA suburb
  • Fancy LA suburb
  • Expensive LA suburb
  • Distance from LA to Humbolt
  • Celebrity teeth
  • American celebrity teeth
  • Tooth names
  • Celebrity veneers?
  • Boulder Colorado
  • Art school Colorado
  • What is a unit of pain called
  • What’s that word for a sudden flash of pain
  • Spasm thesaurus
  • LA brunch place
  • LA celebrity dinner
  • Root canal process
  • Root canal tiny tool

Sufficiently intrigued? Read the piece here!

McSweeney’s Internet Tendency

I have a new piece up on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency! So thrilled to be featured on one of my favourite sites. Check it out if you’re interested in writing critiques, snewchairex critiques, or both:

Writers’ Workshop Critiques as Applied to Your Sex Life

And since you’re on the site, here are links to a couple other recent McSweeney’s pieces I’ve loved:

Thirteen Creative Writing Exercises for Women 

Vegetable Gardening Tips, A – Z