Body & Soul: Stories for Skeptics and Seekers (Caitlin Press 2019).

With a foreword by Alison Pick.

Women writers & poets speak up about unorthodox approaches to the sacred. See why writing guru Sarah Selecky calls this beautiful collection “a revelation.”

4.75/5 on Goodreads.


Behind-the-scenes: Contributors Jagtar Kaur Atwal, Carolina Echeverria, Eufemia Fantetti, Pam Johnson, Tamara Jong, Jonina Kirton, Heidi Reimer, Sandra Wabegijig and more open up about this groundbreaking collection in “When Words like ‘Spiritual’ Make you Flinch”

ORDER from the press and independent bookstores, or your favourite online retailer.

ASK your local library to order copies. START a discussion group.

CONTACT me to brainstorm, investigate, network, and to dream big.



Sainted Dirt. A memoir. 

True stories that twin the lives of girls and women with the profane and the sacred.

Research and writing graciously supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Region of Waterloo Arts Fund.







Temple in a Teapot: In Which the Pilgrim Carts the Remains of her Good Dishes to the first Mormon Temple, in Ohio (West Meadow/Harland Press 2010)

Whimsy. Deviance. Devotion. How much trouble can one woman be?

Limited edition chapbook. Illustrated by Wesley W. Bates. Book design by Pamela J. Woodland.

Launched on a 1,000-mile tour throughout the American West with Joanna Brooks, Lisa Hadley and Holly Welker.




Stories in my Neighbours Faith: Narratives from World Religions in Canada (Toronto: United Church Publishing House, 1999)

From coast to coast to coast, faith leaders and spirit guides on the big and small stories that sustain them.

Used in universities and in congregational settings to encourage dialogue about pluralism, and why it matters.



MAGAZINES (sample)

I’ve been writing for The New Quarterly since 2003; see online interviews and works in print.

“Sign Language,” The Humber Literary Review, Fall/Winter 2018-9. Nominated for National Magazine Award.

“Still Life” (fiction), Stone Voices, spring 2014. Nominated for 2015 Write Well Award.

“Invitation to the Great Potluck,” Alternatives. The Environmental Literature Issue, 35/3, 2009; plus podcast interview with Peter Stock.

Walden: Living Classic,” Alternatives. The Environmental Literature Issue 34/2, 2008.

“The Barn and the Lab,” with Ronald L. Grimes in Rite out of Place: Ritual, Media and the Arts. Ronald L. Grimes. New York: Oxford University Press, 2006.

Guest editor, twin issues of The New Quarterly and Alternatives. Introductions: “Apples and Oranges: Alternatives Pairs with The New Quarterly,” The New Quarterly The Artist as Activist Issue, no. 101, 2007; and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?Alternatives Creative Communities Issue 32:4/5, 2006.

“Memoir and Nature Writing” and “Sharon Butala” in The Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature. Ed. Bron Taylor. London and New York: Continuum, 2005.

“Off Grid: Bringing the World to Rest,” Women’s Concerns, no. 1, 2005.

“Walkerton: Re-storying a Traumatized town,” Narrative Matters Interdisciplinary Conference Proceedings (University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, NB), 2004.

“Community Restoration in the ‘Bad Water’ Town,” Storytelling Magazine (Sept./Oct.), 2003.

 “Engaging Rural Youth through the Arts” in The Ontario Rural Council 2003 Conference Proceedings.

“The Long Road to Peace,” Mandate, February, 2001.

“A Small Dark Creature Kneeling on the Earth” in Deeply Into the Bone: Re-Inventing Rites of Passage. Life Passages Series. Ronald L. Grimes. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2000.