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. I then moved back to Toronto, finished my BA, began to publish fiction, and cofounded the Toronto arts space Double Double Land. In 2010 I moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to do an MFA. I graduated in 2014. My first book, The Jokes, a collection of flash fiction, was published by Book*hug in 2016, and was shortlisted for the Metatron Prize for Rising Authors of Contemporary Literature. I have been awarded a Truman Capote Scholarship, an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship, and grants from the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. I currently freelance, tutor, and teach creative writing at George Brown College. I live in Toronto.

 

RECENT READINGS

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