~ Perfect summer reading on the patio, helping to judge stories for the latest Green Stories Writing Competition

~ Read “Rent Asunder” in the Summer “Solstice”

~ My interview for the “Teens of Tomorrow” anthology launch is now up on YouTube:

~ Sweet… My story “Rent Asunder” is a “Solstice” Editors’ Pick, and will be published in their 2021 summer edition.

~ Being an overseas Reader for the Premio Strega was, to say the least, a breathtaking ride. 12 books (in italiano!) in 2 months. Still trying to figure out what’s different about Italian and North American narrative. Qualcosa c’e` di sicuro…

~ “About the Bread…”, one of my lockdown flash fiction pieces, is performed on the #littlestoryseries  Listen to it here!

~ My story “What We Do Know How To Do”, which was previously longlisted for the “Lascaux Review” Prize in Short Fiction, placed in the Top 10 in the 2020 Odd Voice Out Short Story Contest, and will appear summer 2021 in the UK anthology”Teens of Tomorrow”, a volume of future-focused diverse fiction for teens.

~ Thrilled that my short story “The Fury and the Words” was longlisted for the 2020 Alpine Fellowship

~ Well, yay for social media – Somehow, I didn’t know that my piece placed in the 2020 BC Federation of Writers flash fiction contest until someone tweeted a congratulations! 

“A powerful piece.” – Judge, Karen Schauber “Beautiful, poignant, and heart-wrenching, this story is masterfully crafted, hitting all the right notes with neither embellishment nor extra word. As flash fiction, it is concision at its best. There is an elegance in how the subject is treated and paced. And although this is a theme that has been done, if not overdone, here, it engages the reader with finesse—in self-reflection and without confrontation, presenting keen insight into the human condition, and pushing boundaries in fresh and unexpected ways. Most expertly, and importantly in flash fiction, it sticks the landing, leading the reader to an ending that smoulders.”


~ My first flash fiction acknowledgement: “Raining Mad” was on the Flash 500  Short List: Flash Fiction 2019 Quarter 4

~ Happy that my cli-fi story “Water & Oil” was shortlisted for the Event Speculative Writing Contest, and longlisted for the Bath Short Story Award (2nd time on their long list!)

~ My collection of short stories, “The Edible and the Beauteous and the Dead”, was  one of three shortlisted for the 2016 HarperCollins Publishers/UBC Prize for Best New Fiction!

~ “Figment of Footlights and Reverb” (SEE an excerpt in my 9/2/17 blog post) now appears in the anthology Boundless, published by Compass Flower Press

~ Pleased that my story “Bread” was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Ruminate  William Van Dyke Short Story Prize, and finalist for the 8th annual bosque  Fiction Prize:

~ Thrilled with this interview:

~ Times-Colonist article and excerpt from “Bread”