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.