Thanks for visiting my page. I am a former Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
current affairs radio producer - a multi-faceted journalist, who in more recent years has developed special expertise in medical journalism. My work as Atlantic Region staff writer for Canadian publication, The Medical Post, took me to clinical conferences all over North America and beyond, and (now as a freelancer) enables me to write in depth about issues like the difficulties Canada is encountering replacing large cadres of soon-to-retire “baby boomer” doctors, and the dynamic forces currently re-shaping the delivery of our medical services.
In addition to my work as a journalist, I am a poet and have had work appear in literary magazines such as Arc Poetry Magazine, Prism International and the Gaspereau Review. I have been published in several poetry anthologies, including Rocksalt - An Anthology of Contemporary BC Poetry, Poems from Planet Earth and numerous chap book anthologies editored by Canadian master poet, Patrick Lane. My own poetry chap book, The Puzzle at the End of Love, was published by Leaf Press in 2012.
As a writer, I worked as communications consultant and speech writer to former Nova Scotia Premier, the late Dr John Savage, I’ve written for business magazines (Nova Scotia Open to the World) and was contracted to write a book about Halifax: Halifax, the Smart City. I have successfully written numerous grants for non-profit arts organizations. Currently I co-editing an anthology of poems about newborn infants, and finishing a novel that is set in 1950s Peronista Argentina.
I have a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in Art History and a Master of Arts in Modern European History from the University of California (Davis). My MFA in creative writing from Goddard College’s Port Townsend campus came about much later in life, in 2008.
I am based in beautiful Vancouver Island, in Canada’s far west, but formerly have lived in Nova Scotia, and in various parts of the world - including a childhood spent in the southern hemisphere. I am a hospice volunteer and the President of the Federation of British Columbia Writers.