Photo by Daniel Goodbaum and Jade Blair

Photo by Daniel Goodbaum and Jade Blair

I dropped out of the University of Toronto when I was 21 and spent 3 years traveling the world. I taught English in Wuhan, China, did door-to-door surveying in Manchester, UK, and volunteered with a landmine extraction crew in northern Cambodia. I returned to Canada in 2007 and finished my Cognitive Science B.A., then did a Creative Writing M.F.A. at the University of Alabama. I published a book of short stories, The Jokes, in 2016. I have been awarded by the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Truman Capote Scholarship Fund, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. From 2011-2014 I taught creative writing at the University of Alabama, as a graduate student, and I did the same from 2015-2018 at George Brown College, as a professor.

I have spent the past year (July 2018-Aug 2019) in France, New York, and Toronto, writing a novel with the assistance of a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts. August 2019 also marks the completion of a web series about polyamory I co-created with Jade Blair, Miss Misery.

Here is my Twitter, my personal Facebook, my rarely-updated professional Facebook, and my Instagram.

 

RECENT READINGS

Jun 21, 2019: New York: Poetry at The Baumann V, The Baumann

Jun 20, 2019: New York: Unnamed reading with Precious Okoyomon, et al, Honey’s

Jun 10, 2019: New York: The Farm reading series, Starr Bar

November 2, 2018: Toronto: Jordan Moffatt’s book launch for Clicking Into Place, TRANZAC

October 5, 2018: Toronto: Vacant Nobodies, Mây

August 20, 2018: St. Erme, France: Unnamed reading at Performing Arts Forum

Jan 22, 2017: Toronto: Junction Reads series

Sept 27-29, 2016: Winnipeg International Writers' Festival

Sept 6, 2016: Montreal: Resonance Reading Series

May 25, 2016: New York: Co-Book Launch with Bud Smith, Molasses Books

May 24, 2016: New York: Cool As Fuck series, Pete’s Candy Store

May 5, 2016: Toronto: 'Life of a Craphead hosts an unnamed reading with Alli Simone Defeo', Videofag

Apr 30, 2016: Montreal: METATRON x WONDER group readingDrawn & Quarterly, 7pm

Apr 28, 2016: Montreal: BookThug Fiction Launch, Drawn & Quarterly

Apr 26, 2016: Toronto: Doored, Double Double Land, 8pm

Apr 21, 2016: Toronto: BookThug Group LaunchThe Garrison, 7pm

Apr 3, 2016: Toronto: The Jokes Book Launch, Double Double Land

February 19, 2016: Toronto: Long Winter, The Great Hall