Honourably Mentioned by the Canadian Science Writers Association!

The Canadian Science Writers Association announced the winners of the annual Science in Society Journalism Awards on May 3, 2016. I am excited to be named as the Honourable Mention for the 2015 Herb Lampert Science in Society Emerging Journalist Award. The story which garnered the honour was published by Van Winkles in October of 2015.


Canadian Association of Journalists 2015 Award Nomination!

My article for Briarpatch Magazine exploring the successes of the cross-national movement to increase the minimum wage (“What’s at Stake in the Fight for $15?” Briarpatch Magazine, November 2015) has been named a finalist by the Canadian Association of Journalists for the 2015 CAJ/CWA Canada Award for Labour Reporting.


(image: Jake Giddens)

“Lost City: A Journey Through Dennis Lehane’s Boston” now up at The Life Sentence

Can you experience Boston as written by Dennis Lehane, if you use his books a tour-guide? I wrote an essay about Lehane’s Boston-based crime novels, told as a travelogue. The amazing folks at The Life Sentence published it this week and you can find it here.

An alley in Boston's North End
An alley in Boston’s North End

“Father, Son, and the Alberta Housing Boom” New Personal Essay in Briarpatch Magazine

BP March 2015 Dirks art

“We would arrive after the framers, electricians, and plumbers had come and gone. We hung doors, installed baseboard, and built cabinets and floor-to-ceiling entertainment units. During our coffee breaks we sat in companionable silence, side by side against the dusty drywall, surveying the fruits of our labour: the building’s daily transformation.”

Read the rest of my personal essay about life and labour, carpentry and capitalism, in the March 2015 issue of Briarpatch Magazine.

New article about Human Rights & Homelessness in THIS Magazine!

An article I wrote about the human right to adequate housing in Canada appears in the Summer Reading issue of THIS Magazine, which also includes great poetry and fiction by the likes of Sina Queyras, Carrie Snyder (check out my review of her latest book here) Tony Burgess and others.

You can find the new issue at your local independent bookstore.

Beautiful Trouble essay featured in The Sun Magazine

The Sun Magazine recently reprinted several essays from Beautiful Trouble, including a short one I authored. You can check out the May 2014 issue, which also includes great fiction , non-fiction, interviews, and a transcript of Pete Seeger’s testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee by going here.

Cover: Issue 461

The Sun is an independent, ad-free monthly magazine that for nearly forty years has used words and photographs to invoke the splendor and heartache of being human. The Sun celebrates life, but not in a way that ignores its complexity. The personal essays, short stories, interviews, poetry, and photographs that appear in its pages explore the challenges we face and the moments when we rise to meet those challenges.

“Left & Leaving” – New Creative Non-Fiction in Ricepaper Magazine!

Ricepaper Magazine

A short memoir I wrote, longlisted this spring for the CBC Creative Non-Fiction Prize, can be found in the latest issue of Ricepaper Magazine, alongside exciting writing from the likes of Doretta Lau (shortlisted for the 2013 Journey Prize) and Madeleine Thien (author of Dogs At the Perimeter and Certainty).

“When I was young, we lived with my grandparents in Toronto. My parents slept in a windowless room in the basement, hidden behind the washer and dryer. My brother and I shared a bunk-bed, tucked into the bedroom on the second floor. There was a time, living there, when my dreams crept into the waking world.”

You can read the rest by finding a copy at your local independent bookstore, or by ordering one directly from Ricepaper: http://ricepapermagazine.ca/magazine-2/18-3-winter-2013/

#flashfiction: A short noir tale

I tried my hand at crime fiction and Shotgun Honey picked up this flash fiction story.

“Johnny wasn’t a deep thinker. But he burned hot; bright and reckless. He’d slam on the brakes going seventy, slide through a corner and scream my name so loud I could feel his voice ricochet around my ribs. The few nights he didn’t spend with me, he spent at the track, or in one of Callum’s card rooms. He was hooked on that moment before the clock started, or the cards were called.”

To read the rest: http://shotgunhoney.net/fiction/out-of-time-by-yutaka-dirks.html