“Gaza,” by Hala Alyan

A couple of years ago I had the great pleasure and honour of reading with Hala Alyan at an event in Ramallah. As a three-day truce between the IDF and Hamas is holding, and as Israeli ground forces leave the Strip, I hope – beyond all reason – that Hala’s words are the last I […]

KORITZA STENI.indd June 09

Attention Bulgarians!

I knew something was up when Bulgarian reviews of Walls started appearing on my Goodreads page. Sure enough, the Bulgarian translation has been released. This is the first time one of my books has been translated and I’m enjoying the novelty of not being able to read my own work. As it turns out, Bulgaria […]

satellite-image-of-iceland May 15

First Dispatch from Iceland

It is 10:30pm in Reykjavic. Although it is still nearly daylight outside – strange, even for a Canadian used to long, northern days – Moonira and Amedeo are already asleep. We’ve done more walking in the five days we’ve been in Iceland than we have in the previous month at least. Our Iceland nights end […]

walls-cover May 02

The Walls of Calgary

A long time ago, Avenue Magazine asked if I could write a story that applied what I’d learned during my walls-around-the-world research to Calgary. I considered the assignment, but decided that there wouldn’t be enough to write about. I returned to the idea a few months back, however, and sent out a call to my […]

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NMA Nod for “Juggling Act”

“Juggling Act,” my story about The Palestinian Circus School that appeared in Eighteen Bridges magazine, is up for a National Magazine Award. The story attracted a fair bit of criticism from readers who felt the piece was one-sided. I am honoured, though, that the NMA jury disagreed. You can read the story here.

photo by Colin Way March 21

Emily the Trapper

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to travel check traps on an Alberta trapline with trappers Emily Lamb and Bill Abercrombie.  Lamb is one of the most interesting young women I’ve met in a long time, and what she and Bill had to say about trapping surprised me. Rather than adhering to the stereotype […]

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Palestinian Acrobats and New-Old Tijuana

I wrote very few magazine stories in 2013, but a couple of pieces I did manage to squeeze out have been nominated for Alberta Magazine Awards. The stories are competing against each other – along with some fine work written, mainly, by friends of mine – in the short feature category. The first story, called […]


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