I have been a writer for as long as I can remember, writing “stories” as a child and banging out my “newspaper” on my dad’s typewriter. I tried my hand at poetry and allegorical short pieces before getting into more science and environment writing.
These days I write reviews of environment and nature-related books, do author Q&As with writers like Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Patchett, and write essays about women in science and in society in general, nature and the environment, and science communication.
My writing centres around creative non-fiction and personal essay formats, specifically science and nature writing and memoir. The landscapes and environmental issues of western Canada are the main inspiration for my work. I am also inspired by the work of Sharon Butala, Candace Savage, Annie Dillard, Rick Bass, Ellen Meloy, Gretel Ehrlich, Terry Tempest Williams, Don Gayton, and many others.
I’ve freelanced for Nature News, Hakai Magazine, CH2M Hill, the University of Alberta, Outpost Magazine, Literary Hub, Longreads, Hippocampus, the LA Review of Books, and others over the past two decades.
My training includes writing workshops with Daphne Marlatt, Candas Jane Dorsey, Ken McGoogan, Ed Struzik, Trevor Herriott, Angie Abdou, Lori A. May, Andreas Schroder, Betsy Warland, and others, and editing courses through the University of Alberta and the Editors’ Association of Canada.
I am trained as a scientist and held a tenured position in Physical Geography before leaving academia for health reasons. My scientific background informs a lot of my writing, especially interviews with women scientists and pieces about water, Arctic and mountain regions, and academic science. See my Google Scholar profile.
“Write every day. Don’t ever stop. If you are unpublished, enjoy the act of writing—and if you are published, keep enjoying the act of writing. Don’t become self-satisfied, don’t stop moving ahead, growing, making it new. The stakes are high. Why else would we write?”
― Rick Bass