I worked in women’s health and mental health research for over a decade. Too often the research findings got buried inside the pages of academic journals, instead of impacting people’s lives. Out of frustration, I began writing and performing stories and narrative 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, music composers, and visual artists. When the my last research contract wasn’t renewed due to budget constraints, I decided to finally pursue my passion for writing and returned back to school. It was the best decision I ever made.
Earlier this year, 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.