I am a Canadian SSHRC scholar, literary anthropologist, graphic novelist, and published poet.
Often, I perform my poetry at local venues. This summer I will be completing another draft of my own book of love poetry, Nuova. Addtionally, I am sending out pitches of my graphic novel series, SAMÆL, a dark and gritty mythopoetic retelling of the Greek dæmon mythos in modern form, to publishers this year. I am so excited for each of these projects to come to light!
Currently, my major focus has been to delve into the research and literature on sensory states of madness within people’s psychosis narratives for my interdisciplinary PhD in anthropology. After my candidacy requirements are met, I will be conducting ethnographic fieldwork and publishing an innovative, multimedia volume of comics-poetry on the subject to accompany my dissertation.
Beyond this, I have connected with the Centre for Imaginative Ethnography, an inter-arts cyber-collective pushing the disciplinary boundaries of ethnography, in the hopes of revitalizing my ethnographic practices and pursuing unique collaborations that might help me re-center and re-focus the field of myth studies. I have a life-long love for myth and story.
I also have been a long-term member of the Federation of British Columbia Writers (FBCW), and as of late, I have joined the Storytellers of Canada (SS-CC). Each of these arts-based organizations provides a sense of purpose that directs the dedicated efforts of my flourishing career as a writer, poet, and storyteller. A downloadable copy of my archived MA thesis, Narrative, Myth and Cultural Resource Management, is available via UBC cIRcle: it aptly addresses Indigenous Australian storytelling, cultural resource management, and how these stories connect to “Dreaming” sites and local culture in the Wadeye and the Northern Territory.
I make a constant effort to get involved in the community, and I regularly volunteer at Foundry Victoria, an integrated youth health clinic. I recently got awarded funding from the City of Victoria for UNQUIET MINDS II to faciltiate a series of youth performance workshops as well as an open mic event around mental health awareness. As I am particularly interested in these kinds of community-based engagements and creative projects that collectively and critically bring people together—feel free to contact me with any ideas and collaborative prospects!
I will do my very best to keep site visitors abreast with my research, discoveries, and joys. I frequent Twitter—to interact with other creatives and intellectuals. Please send me a note or email; I am quite fond of good dialogue!