• B.A. (Victoria)
  • M.A. (Windsor)

Research Interests

  • Film, especially experimental and documentary film.
  • Creative writing: poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction.
  • Blues lyrics from the folk tradition.
  • Polar Exploration.
  • Canadian literature, environmental literature, American poetry.

My books include Blue Himalayan Poppies (Nightwood, 2001), Writing on the Wall (Outlaw Editions, 1996), Painting The Yellow House Blue (House of Anansi, 1994), Am I Glad To See You (Thistledown, 1992), and a novel called The Wolsenburg Clock (Thistledown 2009).

I
 studied at Okanagan College (with John Lent), the University of Victoria (with Constance Rooke), the University of Windsor (with Alistair MacLeod), and at the Banff Centre for the Arts (with Don Coles and Don McKay).

I have been on the editorial board of the Malahat Review since 1990 and have guest-edited a special issue on environmental literature called “The Green Imagination” and also a special issue on the poet P.K. Page.  I teach English, Creative Writing and Film Studies. My essays, interviews and art criticism have appeared in BrickPoetry Canada Review, and selected gallery publications and my poems and stories have appeared in Canadian and American journals such as CalibanPrism InternationalCanadian LiteratureEventSaturday NightDescant,Border Crossings, and Poetry Northwest.

I’m currently working on another novel, a play, a manuscript of poems and several film projects including some video poems and short documentaries about Canadian Writers.

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