In the new year I'm finally going to make my dream of teaching online happen! I'm currently developing a 6 week course on what I call "CNF outliers" -- a look at unique forms in the creative non-fiction genre including flash non-fiction, the prose poem, the lyric essay and the hermit crab essay. I've wanted… Continue reading Announcing: An online CNF course!
What does success mean to a writer -- or any artist? My mentor, Laisha, very early in our collaboration talked about "playing the long game" -- treating writing as a long-term commitment, working at the craft regularly, finishing projects that may take months or even years to reach completion. Most importantly, continuing whether or not… Continue reading Success and the Long Game
Recently one of my personal essays, Shame Shame, was published at Hippocampus, an online literary magazine devoted to memorable creative non-fiction. I was so excited when I received the acceptance email over Christmas, I leaped out of my chair, screamed and jumped up and down. Acceptances are rare! But word that my piece would finally… Continue reading Full Circle: A Collaboration
Every January I make a collage/vision board to kick off a new year. This is how I want to approach the world in 2016: celebrating the big and small, developing as a writer and connecting with people by living a creative life. On the theme of everyday inspiration, this gorgeous song is currently turning in… Continue reading Everyday Inspiration
What makes a poem? I've asked songwriters this question. "What inspired this? How did this amazing thing happen? Where do songs come from?" When I asked my friend, Eryn, she shrugged, raising her hands as if to say "I don't know" but also laughing a bit as she gestured mysteriously to the heavens. With songs… Continue reading Shortlisted: Room’s 2015 Poetry Prize
Some recent artwork by my son. Such ingenuity, combining his love for playing cards and his favourite stuffie, Shamrock Puppy, who has been a part of his life since the day he was born. Isn't this what creativity is all about? Putting together new and usual combinations, exploring all possibilities? I also love… Continue reading Kindergarten Art Inspiration
My forever sweetheart and I were married in Boston five years ago. We joined hands in a ceremony with our children on a full moon Thursday at the Arnold Arboretum -- a gem of stunning greenery in what's known as Boston's Emerald Necklace, a 4.5 km2 stretch of parks and waterways that includes the city's… Continue reading Boston Marriage