I'm an interdisciplinary Canadian artist, writer and educator based in The Netherlands and England. A graduate of The University of Toronto with a BA and MA in literature, The University of Wales with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Education and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music with a Diploma in Contemporary Dance Studies, I'm now completing a PhD at the University of Roehampton that intersects the fields of Creative Writing and Dance. I'm a former yoga teacher with two certificates in teaching yoga, a certificate in Reiki and a foundation certificate in Psychosynthesis.
I recently successfully defended doctoral work, Dust Stone Circle,which investigates the nature of individual and collective memory by creatively exploring ruins related to my maternal ancestry. Playing with the topographies of movement, words and landscapes, I use performance investigations as a basis for my poetry and films.
I am in the process of sharing components of the documentation of my academic and artistic research.
In June 2016, at the Language, Landscape & The Sublime symposium, I screened Stone, or one trace of this project of journeying through my maternal ancestry.
In January 2017, I completed an artist-in-residency programme at The Burren College of Art in County, Clare, Ireland.
In June 2017, I spoke and "danced" an academic talk as a way to share some of the research in the chapter Circleat In Other Tongues, at Dartington Hall.
Throughout May and June, a chapter of my visual poetry was part of the Bath Arts Festival, in Bath, England as part of Embodied Cartographies exhibition at Walcot Chapel.
In June 2017, I performed and screening my dance/poetry films as part of the Xing the Line series Iklectic in London, UK.
From 2007 - 2010, I was one of the organizers of The Montreal Zen Poetry Festival, a small niche festival that began with a circle of poets and practitioners around 2005 and grew to be a critically acclaimed international arts festival of performances, workshops poetry and panel discussions surrounding Zen practice and the topic of words and their meanings. Jane Hirshfield, Robert Bringhurst, Red Pine, Steve Sanfield, David Budbill, Peter Levitt, Chase Twichell, Kaz Tanahashi and others were among the guests.
My writing and creative work have appeared in The Globe & Mail, The CBC, Scrivener Literary Journal, Trafika, The Goose,ascent magazine and numerous online journals.
As an educator, I'm passionate about guiding individuals and groups to find their creative voice. I've worked with a range of students throughout my career, from tutoring young children with story-telling, to working with writers in university to teaching literature and creative writing to adults. My interests lie in how to educate the mind, body and soul in ways that are holistic. I'm particularly interested in guiding groups and individuals in their creative practice in ways that involve critical, imaginative and engaged research in response to the world around us.
I've taught and facilitated in a number of colleges, universities and secondary schools in Canada, Wales and England as well as tutored students of all ages in their creative writing and responses to literature in interdisciplinary and embodied ways.
As a yoga and meditation teacher, I've lead and/or contributed classes to yoga and meditation retreats in Canada, England, India, Thailand and Mexico.