“When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don’t seem to matter very much, do they?” These words by Virginia Woolf bring a certain caution and perspective to the competitive element of creative process. Still, it is good to complete the work of writing, which almost always happens when the work is shared with others. And then to have it well received is another gift.


First Place, Wine Country Writers Festival Writing Contest – Poetry, The Moment in Which I Love Her, September 2022 (anthologized)

Longlist, The Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year 2020 (Poetry Judges Luigi Marchini, Gary Studley, and Mara Adamitz Scrupe), When I said I Promise to Follow You All the Days of My Life I wasn’t Telling A Lie, September 2020 (anthologized)

Longlist, PENfro ‘Loving the Earth’ Poetry Competition (Poetry Judge Adam Horowitz), What Shows and What it Might Mean, August 2020

First Place (one of two winners), Federation of British Columbia Writers Literary Writes (Poetry Judge Fiona Tinwei Lam), publication in WordWorks Magazine, What You Carry, March 2019 (print and digital, cash prize)

Top Work of Poetry, Altarwork, Top Ten Posts Of 2016, Enough, February 2017 (digital)

Finalist, Okanagan Arts Award for Artistic Excellence in Literature, March 2016

Nominated, Sundress Publications Best of the Net Award (By George Filipovic, Editor, One Throne Magazine), Desert, July 2014 (digital)

Selected, “Ten of the Best” – Short Poetry (Kolembo), Provision, March 2013 (digital)

2nd Place, Pandoras Collective Poetry Contest, Rose Hip, October 2012 (digital)

Honourable Mention, Pandoras Collective Poetry Contest, The Precise Colour of Orange, October 2012 (digital)

Honourable Mention, Pandoras Collective Poetry Contest, House Plans, February 2012 (digital)

Awarded, Concordia University Summer Literary Seminars – part fellowship to Lithuania, Spring 2011

Selected, Banff Centre, Writing with Style Poetry Residency (Faculty: Gerald Hill), Fall 2011

“Each of the winning poems was moving and powerful in its own way, integrating narrative, vivid imagery and lyric intensity to explore the devastating impact of the past on the present.”

Judge, poet Fiona Tinwei Lam,
for the Federation of BC Writers Literary Prize, 2019

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