I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing. A lifetime ago, I kicked off a journalism career as a copy runner, getting the copy from the newsroom to paste-up in the basement of my local newspaper. Since then, I’ve worked as a professional writer at daily newspapers, magazines, and online publications across North America.
I’ve received the National (U.S.) Mental Health Association Media Award and The Golden Bell Award for a series in which I spent six months detailing the lives of three people with schizophrenia. I also earned numerous Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists awards for news writing in the United States.
Born in the mist of Niagara Falls, N.Y., I grew up in Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains. I crossed the border into Canada many years later after agreeing to marry some Canadian guy on our second date (we’ve been married eighteen years now, so . . .)
I live and write on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations in Vancouver, Canada.