subTerrain magazine

I have written several reviews for subTerrain Magazine, a Canadian literary magazine that publishes original fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, essays, and commentary three times a year. Twin Studies by Keith Maillard (Freehand Press)Fiction book review in issue #81, Winter 2019 Closer: Notes from the Orgasmic Frontier of Female Sexuality by Read more…

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The Witcher Series

The Witcher Series: A Case Study of Transmedia and Narrative in Video Games The following essay was written for a graduate seminar in the Master of Publishing program (MPub) at Simon Fraser University. PUB 802 | Spring 2016 First, there is a story—let’s say a novel—that gains critical acclaim and Read more…

Freedom to Read Week 2016

Why We Still Need Freedom to Read Week

The following essay was written for a graduate seminar in the Master of Publishing program (MPub) at Simon Fraser University.
PUB 800 | Spring 2016

In the 21st century, citizens in developed nations seem to have more freedom to information than ever, yet this perception is problematic for several reasons. The most overt being that even though it appears free by world standards, especially in Canada, there are invisible forces affecting our daily access to information. Even in Canada, books are removed from shelves in Canadian libraries, schools, and bookstores, printed materials are banned at the border, and Internet overlords control what gets published and what is visible online. As much as we as Canadians and educated citizens want to romanticize the democratization of the Internet, we still need Freedom to Read Week to raise awareness. It’s not just about censorship and banned books within Canada, it’s also about raising awareness on a global scale, an especially pertinent point with the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership. With the freedom to read comes great responsibility—to literacy, to access, and to a diversity of voices and perspectives—which is integral to an engaged society and well-informed citizens.

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Publishing @ SFU

The Publishing @ SFU blog includes program news, job opportunities, SFU library news, research updates, student papers, editorials and opinion pieces, and industry news and events. As a contributor to the Publishing @ SFU blog from 2015–2017, I sourced and shared relevant news, wrote and uploaded stories, and scheduled them Read more…

The Peak

The Peak is SFU’s campus newspaper, published weekly since 1965. It is distributed at SFU campus locations in Burnaby, Surrey, and Vancouver (including Harbour Centre, Woodward’s, and the Segal School of Business) year round. I was an Arts Contributor from 2011–2014 while I attended SFU as an undergraduate student. I Read more…

Vancouver Observer

Founded in 2006, the Vancouver Observer has grown to become one of the city’s most popular publications for news about politics, housing, technology, energy and the environment. I wrote as a Culture Contributor from 2013–2015, primarily covering arts news and local literary events. List of my articles, arranged in reverse Read more…