“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision,

then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

~ Audre Lorde

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At a young age, I never dreamed of becoming a poet or a writer. Early on, however, I recall being deeply impacted by poetic language and the layers of meaning revealed in a poem. Musical phrases first sparked my love of language; this deep immersion into meaning and depth awoke the poet in me. 

Audre Lorde’s message has infused me, time and again, with the courage to speak out and to write. To follow every rock and soft crevice of my life and shape it into a poem. Poetry has always been my first love. I also write, and very much enjoy reading, narrative nonfiction and creative essays. 

Publications, readings, and community literary events have provided me with opportunties to share my poems and writing with others. Below, you will find some of my literary contributions.

Publications & Awards

“End of a Rainbow,” Wherever I Find Myself:  Stories by Canadian Immigrant Women (Caitlin Press, 2017) 

“Special Commendation for Poetry,” Cedric Literary Awards (2016)

“Ten Bells” (poem), Possessions:  Eldon House Poems (2010)

“Stillness of Winter” (poem), Avocet: A Journal of Nature Poems (2003) 

“Finding the Body Erotic” & “Buried Treasures” (stories), Minnesota Women’s Press (2000 – 2001)

“The Dandelion Defined” (poem), Centre for Action & Contemplation — Radical Grace (1996)

Readings & Literary Events

Reading — “End of a Rainbow” from Wherever I Find Myself:  Stories by Canadian Immigrant Women — Vancouver Public Library (2017)

Organizer, Workshop Facilitator & Reading — Spoke Literary Festival, Vernon, BC (2015 - 2017)

Poetry Reading — Graduate MFA Student Reading, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN (2016)

Poetry Reading — An Evening with Okanagan Writers Laisha Rosnau & Michelle Doege, Enderby Hall, BC (2014)

Poetry Reading — Okanagan College Reading Series: Vertigo Women Writers, Salmon Arm, BC (2013)

Organizer & Workshop Facilitator — Poetry London, London, ON (2006-2012)

Poetry Reading — Jazz & Poetry Evening, London Music Club, ON (2012)

Poetry Reading — Possessions: The Eldon House Poems, London, ON (2010)

Poetry Evening with Karen Enns & Michelle Doege, Brick Books & Landon Library, London, ON (2010)

We never do this alone — below, links to a few

of my artistic and literary crushes:

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