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I am originally from Connecticut with strong connections to New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Prince Edward Island (Canada). I have two adult children and live with my partner within walking distance of a swimming beach in Ōtautahi Christchurch (New Zealand). 


Awards include joint-winner of the Meniscus Australian CLA Best Prose Prize 2019, shortlisted for the Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing 2019, runner-up of the North & South Short, Short Story Contest 2019, winner of National Flash Fiction Day NZ 2020, runner-up for the Caselberg International Poetry Prize 2021, and selected for inclusion in the international anthology Best Small Fictions 2020, 2021, and 2023. 


I am on the Canterbury Poets' Collective committee and am an occasional teacher at WRITE ON: The School for Young Writers.

When I'm not writing or at work, you can find me out for a walk, playing games, reading, or dreaming of my next adventure. 

A few favourites:

  • Video Game: The Last of Us 

  • Young Adult Fiction: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee; His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman; Hatchet by Gary Paulsen  

  • Adult Fiction: The True Story of Hansel & Gretel by Louise Murphy; The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx; The Road by Cormac McCarthy

  • Poetry: The Long Road Trip Home by John Allison; Bird Collector by Alison Glenny; Another Beautiful Day Indoors by Erik Kennedy

  • Flash: Where Oceans Meet and other stories by Heather McQuillan; My Mother and the Hungarians and other small fictions by Frankie McMillan

  • Songs: 'Polaroids' by Shawn Colvin; 'Love Will Come to You' by the Indigo Girls; 'The Unforgettable Fire' by U2

  • Movies: The Black Stallion; The Point (with Alan Thicke narrating); Bladerunner - the director's cut

  • Food: homemade leak and chickpea soup, coriander/cilantro

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