Photo by Daniel Goodbaum and Jade Blair

Photo by Daniel Goodbaum and Jade Blair

I was born in 1982 and grew up in Kingston, Ontario. I did a BA in cognitive science at the University of Toronto. In the middle of that degree I taught English in China, surveyed homeowners in England, and then went back to school in Australia. After moving back to Toronto, I finished my BA and began to publish short stories. I helped cofound the Toronto arts space Double Double Land in 2009, and in 2010 I moved to Tuscaloosa, AL to do an MFA at the University of Alabama. I graduated in 2014. My first book, The Jokes, a collection of flash fiction, was published by BookThug in 2016, and was shortlisted for the Metatron Prize for Rising Authors of Contemporary Literature. I have also been awarded a Truman Capote Scholarship, an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship, and grants from the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council. I currently freelance, tutor, and teach creative writing at George Brown College. I live in Toronto.

 

PAST READINGS

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