I am grateful to live and work on the unceded Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ nations, and to share in this land's cultural and geographic diversity. While poetry and community organising are my passions, the natural world is my creed.
The Divining Pool, my debut poetry collection, was nominated for the 2018 Gerald Lampert Memorial award. More recently I was selected for the 2020 CBC and Pacific Spirit Poetry Prizes. I was honoured to be among Aesthetica’s 2021 and 2017 annual creative writing finalists, and to have won the 2015 Anstruther Poetry Award. In 2014 I was also short-listed for the Malahat Review’s Open Season award. My poetry has been published in American, UK, and Canadian journals such as Grain, Prairie Fire, Hart House Review, and Strand. In another life I was the founding editor of The Scores.
I would like to gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts in the development of my second poetry collection.
2023 Prairie Fire
'Monastery of Roussanou'
'let's not bring the will into this'
'Ode to Whiskey'
2023 Dalhousie Review
'The Incompleteness Theorem'
2022 FreeFall Magazine
2022 Anti-Languorous Project
2022 The Threepenny Review
'A Cure for Anxiety'
2018 Island Writer 17th Annual Victoria Writers Society Poetry Award:
2017 Wundor Editions: The Diving Pool, debut poetry collection
‘Mirror/Mirror’ Issu pg 45
‘After the Death of Your Husband’
‘Milk River, AB’
‘Portrait of Persephone as a Girl’
‘The Love Myth’
‘A Cure for Anxiety’
'The Waterfall Effect’
2014 Hart House Review Online:
‘The Modern Prometheus’
‘Blood in the Garden’
'After the Death of Your Husband’
‘Preparing for Badrak’
‘A Refrain for Drowning’
2013 Descant Vol 44 No 4:
2013 Qwerty: No 30:
'Ghost Geographies' by Tamas Dobozy and 'The Running Trees' by Amber McMillan. Event Magazine. September 2022.
‘Undoing Hours’ by Selina Boan. The Malahat Review. January 2022.
“Brave and Honest: Alumna Fiona Benson’s ‘Bright Travellers’ Reviewed.” The Saint. 19 Feb 2015.
2015 First place for Anstruther Association Poetry Award
Banff Centre: Adele Wisemen Endowment (2021)
Norton Island Residency Fellowship (2018)
UVic: F. E. Chapman Achievement Award (2012)
UVic: Philip Pickering Award in Poetry (2011)
UVic: G.&l.Few Achievement Award (2011)
UVic: Pat Bevan Scholarship in Writing (2011)
UVic: Tom Perry Award for Social Responsibility (2011)
UVic: Excellence Renewable Entrance Scholarship (09-13)