I live in Montreal and I’m working on a novel set in my hometown of Guelph, Ontario.
I completed the Humber School for Writers correspondence program in 2011 under the mentorship of John Metcalf. In 2016, I was awarded a Quebec Writers’ Federation mentorship; I worked with Montreal writer Ami Sands Brodoff and gave a public reading of my novel-in-progress.
My short story “Foreign Bodies” won first place in the 2017 Malahat Review Open Season Awards. Here’s what Jaspreet Singh, the contest judge, said about my story:
Bodies are important. The real strength of this carefully crafted, kaleidoscopic story is not the obvious ever-shifting meaning of ‘foreignness,’ it is not even how certain peculiar moments make one feel the weight of the world, or how one gets reduced to being ‘out of place’—more and more on the margins of the not-so-gentle current of everyday. The real strength of this story is how it conveys with precision a moment in time that makes us become strangers to ourselves.
You can also read my interview with the Malahat Review.
On Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 12:30 pm I’ll be reading an excerpt from this story for the Atwater Library Lunchtime Series:
Four prize-winning young writers provide an hour of literary enjoyment. Torontonian Laura Legge and Montrealers Anna Leventhal, Rebecca Morris and Lesley Trites will delight you with their sharp intelligence, wit, and mastery of the writer’s craft.