For over a decade, I worked in women’s health and mental health research. But instead of impacting people’s lives, too often the research findings got buried inside the pages of academic journals. Out of frustration, I began writing and performing stories and poetry. I loved the immediacy of the live performance, and of witnessing the emotional impact on the listener. Soon I was looking for bigger audiences and began collaborating with contemporary dancers, composers, and visual artists. When my last research contract expired, I decided to take the deep dive and apply to graduate schools to study the craft of writing. It was the best decision.
A few years ago, I graduated with a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. My MFA exposed me to screenwriting, humor writing, and narrative nonfiction. While still in grad school, I worked as a researcher and story developer for a documentary film producer, received a fellowship from the Banff Centre for the Arts to participate in the Literary Journalism writing residency, and I wrote a lot of personal essays and screenplays.
My background in poetry, performance, and health research have proved to be helpful tools in my creative projects. My background has infused much of my work – whether it’s experimental short films, documentaries, or narrative nonfiction – with a passionate curiosity, highly polished research/interview skills, and a love of experimenting with structure and form.