Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I was born and raised in Sudbury, a mining town in northern Ontario, the setting for my Volcano project, and home to the world’s largest nickel and the world’s second-tallest smokestack. I’ve spent many hours of my professional life editing other peoples’ writing although I was a also reporter and columnist at the Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper. The paper promoted my column as “free-ranging but never chicken.” I guess you had to be there.
I became the paper’s Foreign Editor in the ‘90s and later moved over to the National, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.’s flagship news show, where I made tv documentaries.
I have a BA from Ryerson University where I now teach journalism courses. My other BA and my MA in English lit are from the University in Toronto. I’m the mother of two, one of whom inspired my collection of creative non-fiction pieces called The Lucky Ones by and about families with children adopted from China.