Bio

I am originally from Gilmour, Ontario, a place that Al Purdy described as “a little north of where the cities are and a little adjacent to where the world is.”

I hold an MA in English in the Field of Creative Writing from the University of Toronto, where I worked with award-winning author David Adams Richards on a collection of connected short stories. After my MA, I moved to St. John’s, Newfoundland to pursue doctoral studies in Atlantic Canadian literature.

A few months after arriving in St. John’s, I submitted my revised manuscript of short stories to Breakwater Books; they said “yes, we’d like to publish this,” and that’s how this whole author-thing got started.

My first book, This Ramshackle Tabernacle, has received great reviews and was a finalist for the 2010 BMO Winterset Award. Since that publication my short fiction, creative nonfiction, and book reviews have been published in journals in both Canada and the USA. My debut novel A Blessed Snarl was released in May 2012 and was nominated for the International Dublin IMPAC Literary Award.

Currently I live in Iowa, with my wife Samantha, our sons Liam and Micah, and our black lab Vader.

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