Curriculum Vitae

 

Selected Publications:

Books

Digital Book

Magazines and Newspapers

Literary Journals

  • “Lion Hearts,”  Prism International,  Volume 41:2,  Winter 2003,  Vancouver, British Columbia
  • “Leaving Mauritania,”  Prism International,  Volume 39:3,  Spring 2001,  Vancouver, British Columbia
  • “Bone Etchings and Blood Tattoos: Letters from Niger,”  Event,  Volume 29:3,  2001,  New Westminster, British Columbia  (anthologized by Harcourt Canada in Elements of English 12)
  • “Cinnamon Leaves: Letters from Ghana,” Prairie Fire,  Volume 21,  Number 3,  Autumn 2000,  Winnipeg, Manitoba

Accolades:

  • Winner,  Gold medal, 2017 Alberta Magazine Awards, for “Wrestling Erica”
  • Winner,  Silver medal, 2016 Alberta Magazine Awards, for “Knowing Michael Green”
  • Finalist,  2016 Alberta Magazine Awards, for “The Gifted Tag”
  • Winner,  Silver medal, 2015 National Magazine Awards, for “The Long Journey of Nathan Phelps”
  • Winner,  Gold medal, 2015 Alberta Magazine Awards, for “The Long Journey of Nathan Phelps”
  • Finalist,  2015 Alberta Magazine Awards, for “She Got Game”
  • Semi-finalist,  2014 Dolman Travel Book Award, for Walls: Travels Along the Barricades
  • Finalist,  2013 National Magazine Awards, for “Juggling Act”
  • Finalist,  2013 North America Travel Journalists Association Awards, ‘Luxury and Leisure’ category, for “High Life”
  • Winner,  2013 The City of Calgary W. O. Mitchell Book Prize for Walls: Travels Along the Barricades
  • Finalist,  2013 Alberta Readers’ Choice Award for Walls: Travels Along the Barricades
  • Winner,  2013 James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction, for “A Hymn in Aramaic”
  • Winner,  2013 Wilfred Eggleston Prize for Walls: Travels Along the Barricades
  • Winner,  2013 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for Political Writing, for Walls: Travels Along the Barricades
  • Semi-finalist,  2013 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, for Walls: Travels Along the Barricades
  • Semi-finalist,  2013 British Columbia National Award for Non-Fiction, for Walls: Travels Along the Barricades
  • Finalist, 2011 National Magazine Awards, for “Fatherhood.”
  • Finalist, 2011 Western Magazine Awards, for “Fatherhood.”
  • Finalist, 2010 National Magazine Awards, for “Wall of Shame.”
  • Winner, 2009 Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award, for “Tindouf.”
  • Finalist, 2007 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, for Poets and Pahlevans: A Journey Into the Heart of Iran.
  • Winner, 2007 Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-fiction, for Poets and Pahlevans: A Journey Into the Heart of Iran.
  • Finalist, 2006 W. O. Mitchell City of Calgary Book Prize, for Poets and Pahlevans: A Journey Into the Heart of Iran.
  • Finalist, 2006 Adventure Travel category of the Banff Mountain Book Festival Competition, for Poets and Pahlevans: A Journey Into the Heart of Iran.
  • Winner, 2005 Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award, for “Poets and Pahlevans: Travels in Iran”.
  • Finalist, 2004 Western Magazine Awards, for “Waiter Confidential.”
  • Finalist, 2003 Adventure Travel category of the Banff Mountain Book Festival Competition, for Harmattan: Wind Across West Africa.
  • Finalist, 2003 Wilfred Eggleston Award for Non-fiction, for Harmattan: Wind Across West Africa.
  • Winner, 2003 Henry Kreisel Award for Best First Book, for Harmattan: Wind Across West Africa.
  • Winner, 2002 Maclean-Hunter Endowment for Creative Nonfiction, for “Lionhearts.”
  • Finalist, 2002 Western Magazine Awards, for “Leaving Mauritania”
  • Finalist, 2001 National Magazine Awards, for “Bone Etchings and Blood Tattoos: Letters from Niger.”
  • Finalist, 2001 Western Magazine Awards, for “Bone Etchings and Blood Tattoos: Letters from Niger.”
  • Finalist, 2001 Western Magazine Awards, for “Cinnamon Leaves: Letters from Ghana.”
  • Winner, 2000 Event Creative Non-Fiction Contest #13, for “Bone Etchings and Blood Tattoos: Letters from Niger.”

Positions held:

  • (forthcoming) Author-in-Residence at the Calgary Public Library (September 2018-November 2018)
  • Master class instructor of “Writing the World” at the Calgary Distinguished Writers Program Reunion Festival (September 2016)
  • Creative Nonfiction instructor at Wordsworth Youth Writing Residency, Bragg Creek (July 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018)
  • Instructor at the Okanagan Food and Wine Writers’ Workshop (September 2015)
  • Featured Instructor at the Iceland Writers Retreat (April 2015)
  • Guest Faculty at The Banff Centre’s Literary Journalism Program (July 2013)
  • Writer-in-Residence at the Palestine Writing Workshop, Birzeit (June 2012)
  • Writer-in-Residence at the Alexandra Writers’ Centre, Calgary (March and April 2012)
  • TEDxCalgary Speaker (June 2011)
  • Weekend Intensive workshop instructor for Elsewhere: The Art of Travel Writing at the Alexandra Writers Centre (September 2010)
  • Writer-in-Residence of the 2010 Calgary Folk Music Festival
  • 2009-2010 Markin-Flanagan Canadian Writer-in-Residence at the University of Calgary
  • “Speaking Volumes,”  Swerve Magazine,  April 2010,  Calgary, Alberta
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