My debut memoir, Half-Bads in White Regalia, came out through Penguin Canada’s Hamish Hamilton imprint and was an instant national bestseller. It won the 2023 Indigenous Voices Award for Best Published Prose, was longlisted for the 2023 Toronto Book Award, the 2023 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour, and Canada Reads 2023, and was named one of the best books of the year by The Globe and Mail and CBC Books. Excerpts of Half-Bads in White Regalia received the 2020 Indigenous Voices Award for Best Unpublished Prose.
I work as a literary agent at CookeMcDermid. I began my publishing career at Transatlantic in the fall of 2019, where I worked as an Associate Agent, Editorial Agent, Agent Assistant, Receivables Clerk, and Contracts Administrator. Prior to Transatlantic, I worked as a bartender, cattle factory fabricator, line cook at a burrito chain, meat slicer, tote washer, food runner, teaching assistant, and as a Programming Assistant at The Word On The Street Toronto in the summer of 2018.
I have given numerous talks, participated in interviews, and facilitated workshops on writing, agenting, and trade publishing since 2018, and have advised literarfestivals on their programming. I served as a judge for The Fiddlehead's 2023 Creative Non-Fiction Contest and The Ex-Puritan's 2023 Austin Clarke Prize in Literary Excellence, and as the Writer in Residence for the 2023 Whistler Writers Festival. I am an alumni of the 2019 Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity Spring Writers Retreat.
My writing has appeared in The Ex-Puritan, Grain, Esse, The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, PRISM International, and elsewhere. In 2022, CBC Books named me a Writer to Watch.
I received an MA in English in the field of Creative Writing in 2019 and my HBA in Professional Writing and Communication & English (with Distinction) from the University of Toronto in 2017. During the final year of the former, I co-edited Echolocation Magazine, and served as Editor-in-Chief of UTM Mindwaves during the final year of the latter.
I am an off-reserve member of Pinaymootang First Nation. My mother’s family is from the Manitoba Interlake and my father’s family emigrated to Canada from the Azores in the 1960s.
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