I'm a Vancouver writer with more than 25 years experience writing news stories, features, cultural commentary, dance and theatre reviews, and essays for newspapers and magazines all over North America. You’ll find my work in both old media and new.
I also edit Claquers, a newsletter for my friends who are interested in podcasts, books, TV, and online entertainment of all sorts. We share tips about what is worth watching and listening to. Come join us. You can subscribe here.
I've been a pop culture columnist at TheTyee.ca, Vancouver’s independent news site, since it launched in 2003. And my essays appear regularly in the U.S. publication, Salon, and Calgary's Swerve magazine (Postmedia) and irregularly in a wide range of other outlets. Before that I spent three years covering arts for for the Ottawa Citizen (1998-2001); a decade with the Georgia Straight (1987-97), as a reporter and dance critic; and a few years before that as a general assignment reporter in community newspapers. From 1990 to 2010 I also contributed news, reviews, and features regularly to the Globe & Mail, as well as a host of magazines including Saturday Night, Style at Home, University Affairs, Western Living, and Ottawa magazine.
I also do some copywriting, supplying businesses with op-eds, newsletters, web copy, ad copy, speeches, and blog posts. You'll find samples from my portfolio under the hedders at the top of the page, and 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.