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Through literacy you can begin to see the universe. Through music you can reach anybody. Between the two there is you, unstoppable.
- Grace Slick

Presenting at the Canadian Society for the Study of Education

May 28, 2016

What: Presenting “I’m Perfect/Imperfect: Multimodal Transformations and Narrations of Body Image” at the annual CSSE conference
When: May 28-June 1, 2016
Where: University of Calgary, Alberta

Presenting in the workshop “Living through the Body: Perceptions and Embodied Literacies” along with Christine Boyko-Head (Mohawk College) and Helen Zdriluk (Brock).

Rainforest of Reading in St. Lucia – with TWO books!

March 15, 2016

What: Hungry for Math and Bad Pirate nominated for Rainforest of Reading festival
When: March 15-18, 2016
Where: St. Lucia, Caribbean

Two of my books were nominated for inclusion in the third annual “Rainforest of Reading” children’s book festival in Grenada, Saint Lucia, Montserrat and Nevis run by OneWorld Schoolhouse Foundation. From

    We’re cultivating deep roots for literacy and lifelong learning. The festival is the largest literacy initiative ever undertaken in a region still reeling from infrastructure damage caused by recent hurricanes, and the economic impact of a global recession. We offer children an opportunity to envision a world of possibilities beyond the four walls of their classroom. To help them record their thoughts and opinions of each title, every student receives their very own Rainforest “passport”. The books become school property, but students keep their passports as a real travel document – a genuine connection to the power of literacy. As they journey through The Rainforest of Reading, they earn sticker-stamps for every book read! All readers – but especially reluctant ones– become part of something very special.

See more about my involvement with Bad Pirate and Hungry for Math (2016 festival), and Gift Days (last year’s 2015 festival).

Presenting “Chiropracademics: Aligning Your Thesis!” at EGSS Winter Social

February 5, 2016

What: 45-minute presentation and workshop on research writing, “Chiropracademics: Aligning Your Thesis!”
When: Friday February 5, 6-9pm
Where: Alphie’s Trough, at Brock University

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This 45 minute informative and fun presentation / workshop is for graduate students in all stages of their research. Social attendees are encouraged to bring samples of their research / writing.

Leading a Writing Workshop in L.A.!

January 30, 2016

What: Writing workshop at Access Books Writers Conference
When: Saturday January 30, 2016
Where: UCLA, Rolfe Hall, Los Angeles

Join Access Books for a day of workshops on topics like comedy writing, character development, and storytelling through rap, poetry, images and more. This year’s star-studded lineup includes Taye Diggs (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Chicago, author: Mixed Me! and Chocolate Me!),Shane W. Evans (Coretta Scott King award-winning illustrator whose credits include Mixed Me!, Chocolate Me, We March, and more), screenwriters Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah (Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Freaks and Geeks), Adam Glendon Sidwell (Evertaster), Ava Dellaira (Love Letters to the Dead), Ky-Phong Tran, F.C. Shaw (Sherlock Academy), and Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters (Bad Pirate).

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Hosting: Word on the Street

September 27, 2015

What: Hosting Children’s Tent at Toronto’s annual Word on the Street festival
When: Sunday September 27, 2015, 11am-6pm (see
Where: Harbourfront Centre, Toronto

The Word On The Street is a national celebration of literacy and the written word. On one extraordinary Sunday each September, in communities coast to coast, the public is invited to participate in hundreds of author events, presentations and workshops and to browse a marketplace that boasts the best selection of Canadian books and magazines you’ll find anywhere.

There is always plenty to see and do at Canada’s largest book and magazine festival, and best of all, The Word On The Street and all of its events are FREE!

Bad Pirate book launch

September 19, 2015

What: Book Launch for Bad Pirate
When: Saturday, September 19, 1:00-2:00pm
Where: Ella Minnow Children’s Bookstore, 991 Kingston Road, Toronto

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Eden Mills Writers’ Festival

September 12, 2015

What: Presenting at Eden Mills Writers’ Festival
When: Sunday September 12, noon-6:00pm, 2015
Where: Eden Mills, Ontario

Come celebrate the power of words to ignite our imaginations and perhaps even change the world on September 10, 12 and 13. This year’s festival includes three events, by turns entertaining, thought-provoking and inspiring. The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival has been hosting a literary picnic on the idyllic banks of the Eramosa River for over 25 years. The Festival is a nationally acclaimed literary event, treasured by book lovers and authors, and widely respected by Canada’s literary community. See more at

On My Walk now a play at Carousel Theatre!

August 7, 2015

What: Stage version of On My Walk for the wee ones!
When: June 7-18, 2016
Where: Vancouver, BC

Next year come see the stage version, created by Marcie Nestman and Kari-Lynn Winters, based on the book On My Walk by Kari-Lynn Winters and illustrated by Christina Leist.

For Newborns to age 3, and their families: Join Sonny and Breeze on their delightful adventures through the seasons as they sled, hike, swim and bike. Though friendships can sometimes be tough and sharing can sometimes be difficult, having each other makes it all worthwhile. This interactive, playful production invites very young children and their families to take part, clap, sing, and move together. See more at

Keynote speaker at SBWCI!

May 29, 2015

What: Presenting two workshops at “The Art of the Story” conference: “The Straight Scoop on Picture Books” and “Getting Your Act Together”. What an exciting opportunity!!!!
When: May 29-31, 2015
Where: Montreal, Quebec


Picturebooks may be written for the small, but their significance can be enormous. They spark
our imagination, challenge our conceptions, unite us in universal narratives, and move us beyond words. From snappy beginnings to twisted endings, this hands-on workshop will look closely at the synergistic craft of picturebook authorship through examples, discussions, and performance.

Topics will include character building, plot development, sub-genres, page turns, conflict,
emotional resonance, and voice

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Spring Into Reading festival

May 2, 2015

What: Presenting at Spring into Reading Literacy Festival
When: May 2, 2015
Where: Niagara Falls, Ontario

For children in Preschool through Grade 6, at Kate S. Durdan Public School and Loretto Catholic Elementary School.

The Ontario Literacy Association Niagara (OLAN) is a local provincial chapter of the International Literacy Association. It is a professional organization of individuals devoted to enhancing the language and literacy experiences of individuals across the life span. Its goals are to enhance and improve the professional development of literacy educators, to improve the quality of literacy at all levels, to sponsor seminars and meetings planned to implement the purposes of ORA, and to promote mutual understanding and supportive participation among educators, community members, and parents concerning issues related to literacy.

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Story, Drama, & Video in Personal and Social Contexts

February 28, 2015

What: Presenting at and helping organize the Drama in Education symposium “Story, Drama, & Video in Personal and Social Contexts”
When: February 28, 10:00-5:00
Where: Rodman Hall, St. Catharines, Ontario

Please join us on February 28 for the Drama in Education and Applied Theatre symposium titled “Story, Drama, and Video in Personal and Social Contexts”.  The event will be held at Rodman Hall from 10:00am-5:00pm (lunch provided).

The symposium will include presentations by former and present graduate students, faculty members, instructors, and a performance by the Applied Theatre/Drama in Education students. The purpose is to create a space for dialogue between students, faculty, instructors, and community members about how we conduct our research and the challenges and rewards of using story, drama, or video to mobilize our work with different target groups.

If you’d like to attend, please email by February 20. Please circulate the poster [PDF, 3MB] with students who might be interested in attending.

Book launch: Hungry for Math and No-Matter-What-Friend

February 5, 2015

What: Double book launch with Lori Sherritt-Fleming
When: February 5, 9:00
Where: Halton, Ontario

See more about these books: Hungry for Math (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2015) and No-Matter-What-Friend (Tradewind, 2015).

Meet the authors at OLA conference

January 30, 2015

What: Book signing with Lori Sherritt-Fleming and Peggy Collins at Ontario Library Association Super Conference
When: January 30
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Hear Hungry for Math at OLA Toronto Conference

January 28, 2015

What: Presenting at Ontario Library Association Super Conference
When: January 28-31
Where: Metro Toronto Convention Centre

See a dynamic presentation by myself and Lori Sherritt, followed by a book signing, of our new book Hungry For Math: Poems to Munch On (Fitzhenry, 2015) at the 2015 OLA conference.

Rainforest of Reading in Montserrat, Grenada

November 18, 2014

What: Tour of Gift Days
When: November 18-28
Where: Santa Lucia, Grenada, Montserrat

Rainforest of Reading is a book festival featuring 24 award-winning children’s books from Canada, planting its roots in schools throughout the Eastern Caribbean: in Saint Lucia, Grenada, and Montserrat. The two-week event engages 4,000 Grade 3 students in over 100 primary schools. It is the largest literacy initiative ever undertaken in a region still reeling from infrastructure damage caused by Hurricane Ivan (2006) and Hurricane Tomas (2010) and the economic impact of a global recession.

See more about the 2014 festival or about my book at the festival.

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