Bio

 

DWseriousbio3_widecroppedI am a writer, editor and the inaugural director of the first taught creative writing MA in Singapore and southeast Asia.

In 2003, my first book of fiction was named to The Globe and Mail‘s Top 100 Books of 2003. That book, the story collection A Sharp Tooth in the Fur, received rave reviews from coast to coast. My debut novel, a bicycle odyssey, rolled out in 2008. Look for The Push & the Pull wherever fine books are sold. On Earth Day 2012, I released Origins, a book of poems devoted to evolution, energy and extinction as they have been, can be and/or should be viewed at Joggins, Nova Scotia. My new novel, Keeping Things Whole, is a tale of love, death and pot-smuggling.

I have published nearly 100 book reviews for papers such as The Toronto Star, The National Post, The Vancouver Sun, The Globe and Mail, The Montreal Gazette and Detroit’s Metro Times.

Academically, I have published or presented papers on contemporary literature in France, Sweden, Iceland, Germany, India, Canada and the US.

Here in Canada, I was also the Green Party candidate for the Nova Scotia riding of Halifax in the 2008 federal election. I recently wrote the books column for THIS Magazine and was, too briefly, the Reviews Editor for the uber-cool Numéro Cinq.