I hold a BA in Languages & Linguistics from the University of Saskatchewan, where I won the Peter T. Millard Award for LGBT Research for a paper on semiotics in butch-femme lesbian relationships, completed a voluntary thesis on lexicology in partnership with the Department of Women's & Gender Studies, and graduated with High Honours. I went on to complete my MFA in Creative Writing through the competitive residency program at the University of British Columbia, where I received two graduate research awards. This interdisciplinary academic background makes me a thorough, analytical thinker with broad cultural sensitivity and a deep understanding of systemic oppression.
Like many queer and racialized people, I spent five years drawing on my lived experience and working as a peer in the frontline anti-violence field. With organizations like the BC Children’s Hospital and the Ending Violence Association of BC, I provided mental health first aid and advocacy for queer & trans youth, sick & disabled children, and young women impacted by gender-based violence. I bring all this training—and my lived experience—to your related texts.
I grew up as a settler on the homelands of the Métis and Treaty 6 Cree territory in Saskatoon, and lived on unceded Coast Salish Territories in Vancouver for nearly ten years. This summer, I finally returned to the prairies and I’m now located in gorgeous Mohkinstis (Calgary, Alberta), on the territory of Treaty 7 Nations and Region 3 of the Métis Nation.