I am an author, illustrator and journalist based in North Vancouver, BC. I came to Canada in 1997 to pursue a PhD in education at UBC, which I finished in 2002. After completing a postdoc, worked in online curriculum development for BC public schools. After a spell as a freelance consultant, I decided it was time to focus on writing, and on our young family.
My Young Adult novel, “The Kingdom of Strange,” was published in 2008. Since then, I also illustrated “Best Friends Forever: A World War II Scrapbook,” (Beverly Patt, 2010) and have continued to work in print and radio journalism.
I am currently writing A ROUGH PATCH, a blog that chronicles day to day life with the triple threat (asthma, eczema and allergies) in early childhood. I am also busy with art for children, including posters, cards and theatre props. You can find samples from my new portfolio here.
Recent publications and radio work:
- Why I light a candle for Syria (CBC Radio Essay, Tapestry)
- For the time being, I’m the best person for the job (Facts & Arguments, Globe and Mail Newspaper)
- Holy Work (Feature, Jewish Independent Newspaper, May 3, 2013).
- Places we have known (CBC Radio documentary, Living Out Loud)
- Mothering and Othering (CBC Radio Essay, The Sunday Edition)
- Happy Eastover! (CBC Radio Essay, Tapestry)
- The rekindling of a vibrant culture (feature article)
- Generations in the making (Feature, Jewish Independent)
- Desire2Excel Award for Wordspace (2006), an online forum for young adult readers and writers.
- Best Icebreaker Contest, KnowTips online conference, 2007.
- American Education Research Association, Montreal and Seattle (1999, 2001)
- KnowSchools (online)(2006, 2007)
- BC Literacy Forum (online, 2008)
- Spring Conference of the Virtual School Society (Vancouver 2006, 2007).
- Desire2Learn Annual Conference, Guelph, Ontario (2006).
My detailed CV can be found on my LinkedIn page.