I am a prairie writer, a regionalist. How can a writer be anything apart from his region? Part of being a prairie writer is the mental freedom it allows. A sense of space inhabits us. Because of the freedom and space it allows, Calgary suits me as a place to live. I'm part of its maverick mentality.

     Everything I write, poetry or prose, starts with an image, maybe because I grew up with radio as opposed to TV, so I had to create images in my head. My image becomes an obsession that I can only get rid of by writing.

ISBN 978-1-77133-197-5

In print and electronic formats

Inanna Publications and Education


Photo by Jessica Wilson


My latest novel ... humanangels are a very big part of this book.

     Manfred Weiszl lies dying of cancer in an upper room of a grand old Toronto house. His last wish is to see his son, from whom he has been estranged for sixteen years. Much of the action centres around attempts to get his son to cooperate.

     Acquaintances, friends and relatives all have roles to play in the unfolding drama of a family in crisis dealing with issues of death, marriage breakup, gender identity ... a family coming to terms with the capricious workings of fate and the human heart.

"I absolutely loved this book. I was hooked from the first sentence and I couldn't put it down."

Elona Malterre  novelist, poet

Moments of Joy was launched in Toronto at The Supermarket on May 17, 2015 at the Inanna Spring Launch.

During the Calgary launch at Shelf Life Books on September 10, 2015, Carla Radke took a photo that made the cover of WestWord. With an article about me inside.