Writing Samples

Links to some of my work in print and online publications: book and music reviews, technology news, and content creation.

 
Maisonneuve magazine—Spring 2019

Maisonneuve magazine—Spring 2019

Stuck in the mud: for women in tree-planting, grueling labour is the easy part

It’s ironic that the internet has proven such a useful tool for an industry that’s relied, since the job was invented, on humans with shovels and bags. But the Womxn in Silviculture group has become a union of sorts. It’s creating a culture of awareness among rookies and vets alike, encouraging them to demand the same protections, accountability, and support from planting environments they would from other workplaces.

Spring issue available in newsstands across Canada now. And you can now read the full article online here.

 

Great Lakes Protection Fund

Great Lakes Protection Fund

A new era in sustainable forestry management

Since the early investments made by the Great Lakes Protection Fund in sustainable forestry, the Great Lakes states have collectively led the way in growing certified forests in the United States. Today, 116 million acres of U.S. forestlands are sustainably certified. Forty-four million of those acres (38%) are located in the eight Great Lakes states.

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Montreal Review of Books

Montreal Review of Books

Review: Vita—Susan e. lloy (now or never publishing, 2019)

The stories in Vita are imperfect; in this book, that might be the point. “My thoughts and memories are scattered like fallen berries,” the titular character of “Layla was Here” writes in her journal – loose sheets of paper discovered by the new tenant of her former Mile End apartment –“some in perfect form, others distorted.”

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Future of Good

Future of Good

Proactive mental health: intelligence data collection for good

Data collection combined with the learning capabilities of artificial intelligence are emerging as tools to proactively address mental health problems as symptoms first emerge. If successful, a data-driven prevention model could be applied to many different types of social impact initiatives, in the health care sector and beyond.

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Michelin Green Guide: Montreal & Quebec City, 2018

Michelin Green Guide: Montreal & Quebec City, 2018

updated/edited: the 2018 Michelin guide book for montreal

Anyone who knows me knows that I love exploring new restaurants. So it was a dream come true getting to proofread, edit, and update the latest version of Michelin’s Green Guide for the city of Montreal. This entailed extensive fact-checking, edits, and additions for some of the newest—and best—additions to the city’s food scene.

Available now wherever travel books are sold.

Pretty Much Amazing

Pretty Much Amazing

review: unknown mortal orchestra—sex and food

These songs take time to sink in, to absorb the subtle interplay between lyrics and sound, to root into the back of your consciousness so that finally—just as each of their past albums has done for me in turn—they feel so fundamentally perfect you could almost believe they originated there.

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MTLinTECH

MTLinTECH

osmos academy's VR passport helps sick kids see the world

One girl asks to visit Istanbul and a volunteer removes a phone from her viewer, taps on the screen, and slides it back into place. Moments later, the girl is swivelling her head from left to right, a huge smile on her face. A boy with the Spiderman viewer tests out a horror game, alternately shrieking and laughing as he turns in a circle.

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Maisonneuve magazine, Spring 2018

Maisonneuve magazine, Spring 2018

Review: Sheila heti—motherhood (Penguin randomhouse canada, 2018)

Is it more noble to create art or to procreate? Is it possible to capture the reality of being human without experiencing one of life’s most central experiences—being a mother? These are the questions Heti takes on in her latest novel, a sprawling self-examination that returns to Heti’s distinctive philosophical blend of fiction and memoir.

Read the full review in the Spring 2018 issue.

MTLinTECH

MTLinTECH

An interview with bjarne stroustrup, creator of c++

Bjarne Stroustrup created the C++ programming language in 1979, and it’s still just as important today as it was 38 years ago, especially with its expansion into mobile development. I had the chance to talk to Dr. Stroustrup about the history of C++, the changes we can expect to see in C++17, and what’s next on the horizon.

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Mylo.ai

Mylo.ai

buy your cake and eat it, too: make your grocery budget work overtime

Even if your mental recall rivals Sherlock Holmes’. Even if you took one of those photographic memory tests and somehow—against all odds—passed. Even if you once memorized all of Alice’s lines for your Grade 5 debut in Alice in Wonderland (she’s in every scene). You should still write out a grocery list.

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Future of Good

Future of Good

Virtual healthcare: unburdening the system is a pressing issue. can ai help?

AI-powered virtual healthcare can help bring the healthcare system and provider to the patient instead of the other way around. Even if you live in the middle of a metropolitan city, you could still find yourself facing extended wait times. AI healthcare programs are trying to help with that, too.

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Lemon Hound

Lemon Hound

Review: camilla grudova—the doll's alphabet (Coach House books, 2017)

Camilla Grudova’s debut short story collection is palpably weird. A gothic pastiche of peeling wallpaper, scurrying cockroaches, and canned food—the world she creates in these thirteen stories is chillingly vivid despite the fantastical nature of the characters and events that populate it.

Click here for the full review.

MTLinTECH

MTLinTECH

Why Quebec is poised to become an international Bitcoin mining hub

I spoke to Kassim Tremblay, co-founder and Vice President at Floxis inc., a local Bitcoin mining operation, to get a clearer picture of the state of Bitcoin mining in the province, why so many Chinese mining operations are looking to invest here, and what that could mean for our local ecosystem.

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MTLinTECH

MTLinTECH

International womens day: A year of WMNinTech in Montreal

It was almost exactly a year today that the idea for our WMNinTECH series was born. In the past year, I interviewed twelve amazing women from the Montreal tech community. In celebration of International Women’s Day, here’s a recap of the profile series with some of the most inspiring women in tech:

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MTLinTECH

MTLinTECH

The 10 biggest Montreal tech news stories of 2017

The year 2017 was a huge one for the Montreal tech scene. Whether it was news of acquisitions, historic funding rounds raised, or a series of new AI labs popping up, Montreal was making headlines in the news. Without further ado, here’s MTLinTECH’s yearly roundup of the top tech news stories of 2017:

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Art

Literary happenings—for when life gets too weird and you need to turn to fiction.

Nashville Review—Fiction

Nashville Review—Fiction

Basement living

“I hadn’t lived at home in years, and spending time with my parents was like getting to know them as people for the very first time. All of us were adults—that loose classification that applies to most of a life.”

New words now online.

Cosmonaut’s Avenue—Fiction

Cosmonaut’s Avenue—Fiction

Honey dijon pretzel pieces

“My boyfriend at the time, Paul, despised paying for Hydro, and his roommate was usually between welding jobs. All of which is to say that by the time I arrived at their place, it was aglow with the flickering light of three dozen candles and Paul’s roommate’s Himalayan salt lamp.”

Something I wrote is online now for public consumption.

Ossa magazine

Ossa magazine

announcing the launch of ossa

Excited to finally be able to share this—Ossa is a new literary and arts magazine.

We are dedicated to accountable and transparent publishing and are looking for underrepresented voices that challenge and critique.

Ossa magazine—Interviews

Ossa magazine—Interviews

epistolaries: catherine fatima interviews paige cooper

“The following is the first in an ongoing epistolary collection between writers. Here they discuss memes, catharsis, and the economy of meditation.”