Category Archives: News

Photo set: Canada, Việt Nam

Between 4:30 and 6:30 a.m., the streets of Huế abound with people walking, jogging and excercising. When in Việt Nam, I’m often outside by 5 for a walk with my mother-in-law. . . When I took this photo of a group … Continue reading

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Runner-up in Briarpatch Magazine’s Writing in the Margins Contest!

I’m pleased to announce that my personal essay Bombshell has been chosen as runner-up for the 2015 creative nonfiction prize in Briarpatch’s fifth annual writing contest. Thank you to Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, who judged the creative nonfiction entries. Bombshell faced … Continue reading

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Shortlisted in Briarpatch Magazine’s fifth annual Writing in the Margins contest!

I am delighted to announce that my essay Bombshell is one of five shortlisted nonfiction entries in Briarpatch Magazine‘s fifth annual Writing in the Margins contest. Today’s exciting news brings balance for an email I received yesterday, my first rejection letter of 2016. I … Continue reading

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The Word Every Writer Wants to Hear: Winner!

I am pleased to announce that my food/travel essay Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam has won the Readers’ Choice Award in the I Must Be Off! 2015 Travel Essay Contest. It also shares third place with two other … Continue reading

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Discovering Cơm Hến (Clam Rice) in Việt Nam

Feeling quite chuffed that my short essay about a lesser known specialty dish from Việt Nam (called cơm hến, clam rice) has been shortlisted for the Third Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Essay Contest. The essay, Discovering Hến Rice in … Continue reading

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Travel Essay “Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam” Shortlisted!

I’m thrilled to have my essay Discovering Hến Rice in Central Việt Nam shortlisted for the Third Annual I Must Be Off! Travel Writing Contest. Writer, traveller, and I Must Be Off! blogger Christopher Allen unveiled the longlist on July 27, but revealed the … Continue reading

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A selection of News from a Literary Life

I’m pleased to announce the publication of Sống Chung với Mệ in the 2015 issue of Đặc San Văn Lang Boston. This piece is my translation to Vietnamese of my essay Life with Mệ, which appeared in the 2012 Writers … Continue reading

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Happy 50th Anniversary, Pointe Claire Library! – 50 Years of Inspiration

The Pointe Claire Public Library is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. The opening ceremonies on January 24th included readings by local authors, live music, and cupcake decorating workshops. I was delighted to receive an invitation to take part in the … Continue reading

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cirrus clouds and contrails

Poetry Month is drawing to a close, and I’ve only managed to write ten or twelve poems rather than one every day. On the other hand, I did have one published. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Poetry Month. I’m … Continue reading

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Foreign and Far Away: now available as an ebook

Just a quick post to announce that Writers Abroad‘s fourth anthology, Foreign and Far Away, is now available as an ebook from Amazon. Every year, Writers Abroad publishes an anthology and donates all proceeds to a charity. My contribution, Floating … Continue reading

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