Welcome to the world of powerful, transgressive stories that inspire change. 

My life’s work is guiding these stories out into the open, working with other artists, activists, and scholars, to transform trouble into art.

My roots are settler roots, and I am grateful to the land for graciously sustaining my ancestors.

I was born in the traditional territories of the Saugeen Ojibway and now live on the Haldimand Tract, land that was promised to the Six Nations. I have lived in an old tobacco barn, on the eastern seaboard, in great river cities and old steel towns, on an aspen-covered mountain ridge in the Southern Rockies, and in the high desert country of the great Southwest.

Wherever I go, I am at home.

You can find me in print and online.

My latest book, Body & Soul: Stories for Skeptics & Seekers, (Caitlin Press 2019) is diverse, unorthodox, and wholly original. And, it has a Foreword by Alison Pick.


Join me & find your people

Meet the change-makers in creative nonfiction.

Monthly life-writing webinars sponsored by Awakening Spirituality, an online community of seekers, are free, the 3rd Wednesday of each month, 7-8 PM Eastern. 


The Stylish Pen. Lively conversations with book coach Caroline Topperman about the sometimes heart-breaking world of writing, editing, and publishing. Posted on occasion, or when we feel the need to talk.

March 4-6 2022 Writing into the Sacred: Speaking to Light sponsored by Creating Connection West: writing and somatic exercises for exploring beauty and truth, solitude and community, contemplation and action. With gifted facilitators Lana Cullis, Debra Donohue, Vickie MacArthur, and more.

November-December 2022 There’s more to the writing life than simply getting feedback. Meet my collaborators Helen Humphreys, Pamela Mulloy, and Andrew Westoll, in the Wild Writers Mentorship Program