A Writing In The City celebration

There is something truly transformative about making a hand bound book. There’s this moment where it goes from a bunch of paper and illustration board, to, *boom* a book. Just like that. After all these years, it still fills me with deep joy. And this joy was compounded when I made books with my Word-Play…

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Thank you letters to heroes

One of my favourite things about 2019 was creating Thank You Letters to Heroes, a project with Gabe Thirlwall in which we ask people to write thank you postcards to progressive female-identifying politicians (to counter the vitriolic, abusive mail they get all. the. time). To kick off 2020, we did an event with a local Girl…

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CBC Radio: Embrace the sun

It was a delightfully sunny ten degrees on November 26 (!!) and I got to chat with CBC Radio’s Metro Morning’s Matt Galloway about how to max out this unexpected November gift. My tips? Take off your hats and mitts and turn your face to the sun. And picnic. I wouldn’t be the unofficial Metro…

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Outreach programming at The Citadel

I was thrilled to host outreach programming for Grade 3/4 and 6 students and their teachers from Lord Dufferin Public School at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance last Friday for Nova Bhattacharya’s Red & Yellow dress rehearsal. The students were thoughtful and engaged and it was a most wonderful Friday morning. “This is a…

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Three Days in July: A commission at D:MIC Festival

It’s been YEARS since I handbound books, but here are my three new beauties – a commission by Dance: Made in Canada for its 2019 festival in Toronto. The covers and quilt are made with found paper from the dancers and choreographer Sashar Zarif, and I wrote the poems during the choreographic process in June.…

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CBC Radio: My love letter to Sunnyside Pool

It’s no secret that swimming in the summer is my very favourite thing to do (followed closely by picnicking, then a tie between eating ice cream and eating BLTs…), so when Metro Morning called and asked if I’d be the first guest in their Enthusiast series, I jumped at the chance. The outdoor pools in…

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A new (arts education!) job!

I’m so thrilled to be the new Program Director for Word-Play’s Writing in the City program! It’s a weekly after-school creative writing program for Grade 6 children, based out of TYPE Books on Queen Street. Starting in September, I’ll be encouraging participants to explore different styles and approaches in their writing. The workshop focuses on…

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Writing the City: 2019

Do you love Parkdale/High Park? Do you love to write? Join me for a *free* 8-week writing workshop at High Park Library where we will find our creative voices, inspired by Parkdale/High Park. Adult workshops (18+)Mondays: 7-8:15pmApril 1, 8, 15, 29 | May 6, 13, May 27 | June 3with an optional public reading on June…

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Exciting news: A two-book deal!

I’m just so thrilled to announce that my Love Lettering Project-based picture book has been picked up by Yvette Ghione at Kids Can Press in a two-book deal!! Cue the confetti cannons!!! It will come out in Spring 2021, with Book 2 out the following spring. A huge thanks to my agent, Kelvin Kong at…

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