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I'm a Vancouver writer with more than 25 years experience writing news stories, features, cultural commentary, essays, and reviews (dance, books, TV, podcasts, and theatre) for newspapers and magazines all over North America. You’ll find my work in both legacy media and digital outlets.

I’ve been a pop culture and media columnist at TheTyee.ca, Vancouver’s independent news site, since it launched in 2003. Before that I spent a decade with the Georgia Straight in the late 1980s and '90s, as a contributing editor and about three years (from 1998 to 2001) covering the arts for the Ottawa Citizen. Throughout that time I contributed news, reviews, and "Ideas" features to the Globe & Mail, as well as a host of magazines including Saturday Night, Style at Home, and Ottawa magazine, as well as CBC radio. My essays appear regularly in a number of  outlets, such as Salon magazine and Calgary's Swerve and many are picked-up for reprint in university course-packs and books. 

You'll find samples from my portfolio under the hedders at the top of the page.  If you want to see writing on a specific topic, type  “social media”  or "legal" into the search engine. 

My blog is called Fresh Hell as a nod to Dorothy Parker's insightful telephone greeting. Instead of "Hello," the legendary critic opened with, "And what fresh hell is this?"
I'm pretty certain she wasn't joking. 

In an addition to news and featuring writing, I develop communications plans for businesses and organizations. I also do copywriting, which includes ghostwriting. I produce op-eds, newsletters, website copy, ad copy, speeches, and blog posts. You'll find samples from my journalism portfolio under the hedders at the top of the page; all the pieces are tagged. If you want to see writing on a specific topic, type  “social media”  or "legal" into the search engine. 

My own (sadly neglected) blog is called Fresh Hell as a nod to Dorothy Parker's insightful telephone greeting. Instead of "Hello," the legendary critic opened with, "And what fresh hell is this?"

Having spent a couple of decades as a dance and theatre critic myself, I'm pretty certain she wasn't joking.