I grew up in the small towns and small cities of central Alberta, Canada. I attended the very young Red Deer College, got enmeshed in campus politics and poetry, and published my first book. Then I was off to the University of Lethbridge, where with the guidance of the late Marty Oordt and Bill Latta, I created my own study program, based largely on reading and writing poetry. With good friend Peter Christensen, I founded the prairie lit mag Canada Goose and edited two anthologies: Ride Off Any Horizon I & II (NeWest Press). I later completed a Masters in Communication Studies at the University of Calgary, taught at Red Deer College, then started and ran a consulting firm. In 2011 I made the move to Victoria on Vancouver Island, British Columbia – a whole new place, one of sea water and islands and rainforests. It’s refreshing.

Over the years I have worked on many urban planning initiatives – you are invited to check out my blog posts at Rethink Urban and Greater Victoria Placemaking Network for a different side of my explorations of place.