I am available to give readings of my poetry and creative nonfiction, artist talks, and to take part in multi-disciplinary collaborations and panel discussions. Themes of past presentations include place-based writing; memory and place; diasporic writing; Irish-Canadian identity; poetry and translation; and the English-language writing scene in Montreal.
I offer creative writing workshops in which participants are encouraged to generate new material on the spot through guided exercises, free writing, and memory work. My emphasis is on the workshop as a place to build, rather than critique, new writing. My particular interests are in poetry, creation nonfiction, place-based writing, oral history, family narratives, and memoir. Some examples of workshops I have designed, and am prepared to offer, include:
"Expanding Our Poetic Range through Memory, Place, and the Senses" (Quebec Writers' Federation)
"Wearable Memory" (Concordia University)
"Ekphrasis: Poets in Conversation with Visual Artists" (Concordia University)
"The Poet's Toolkit" (Writers in the CEGEPS Program)
"Telling Our Stories: Introduction to Creative Nonfiction" (Writers in the CEGEPS Program)
In a classroom setting, I am prepared to offer readings of my work, followed by a discussion about travel and exploration of landscapes—and this includes those in our own backyard—as fertile ground for poetic material.
I am prepared to collaborate with teachers of any level to tailor workshops to their students' needs. Some previous workshops I have facilitated with young learners include "The Poet's Toolkit" and "Telling Our Stories: Introduction to Creative Nonfiction."