I’m an Editorial Director and award-winning book editor, expert at content development in print, digital, and audio formats.
I’m dedicated to mission-driven publishing—acquiring and editing books that contribute to social change, and executing strategies that revolutionize the industry. When I’m not editing, I’m searching for the largest trees in British Columbia. I’m currently on sabbatical, writing a memoir about tree-tracking.
I’ve worked as a fiction and non-fiction editor since 2008. I’m now Editorial Director at Page Two, an innovative publishing agency in Vancouver, Canada that publishes brilliant non-fiction books.
I direct our editorial program, manage our team of extraordinarily talented freelancers, and edit a ton of books every year. I’m proud of creating a game-changing developmental editing program that guides authors from idea to detailed outline in eight weeks.
From 2008 to 2016, I was Editor and Associate Managing Editor at Penguin Random House Canada in Toronto.
In 2020, I won the Tom Fairley Award for Editorial Excellence for my work on Indigenous Relations by Bob Joseph with Cynthia F. Joseph. In 2017 I was a finalist for the Tom Fairley Award for my work on Yiddish for Pirates by Gary Barwin.
I’ve worked with authors including Naomi Klein, Michael Bungay Stanier, Charles Foran, Gary Barwin, Liz Harmer, Micah White, Carol Shaben, Tzeporah Berman, Yann Martel, Wayne Johnston, Edmund Metatawabin, Astra Taylor, John Vaillant, Adria Vasil, Paul Seesequasis, Clayton Thomas-Müller, Kate Harris, and J.B. MacKinnon. I’ve also edited posthumous collections by Jane Jacobs and Carol Shields.
Books I’ve edited have become #1 national and international bestsellers; won the RBC Taylor Prize, Scotiabank Giller Prize, Governor General’s Literary Award, BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, Hilary Weston/Rogers Writers’ Trust Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, Edna Staebler Award for Non-Fiction, Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, Ontario Legislative Assembly Speaker’s Book Award, Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature, and the Banff Mountain Book Award for Adventure Travel; and been nominated for the National Business Book Award, Danuta Gleed Literary Award, Trillium Book Award, and Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize.
I’m also co-founder and Literary Director of The Reading Line, a festival on two wheels that combines my love of books and bikes. This non-profit organization hosts Book Rides that promote local authors and advocate for infrastructure improvements.
I hold an MA in English literature and a postgraduate certificate in teaching and learning in higher education, both from the University of British Columbia. For my MA, I specialized in spatial studies, book history/print culture, American literature, and autobiography. For my graduate work, I was the recipient of a Graduate Entrance Scholarship, SSHRC Canadian Graduate Scholarship, and the Butler Award.
I also studied publishing and editing at Simon Fraser University, where I was the recipient of the Garner Book Publishing Award, and Ryerson University, where I won the Rosemary Shipton Award for Excellence in Copy Editing.
In August 2017, I completed a weeklong Editing Indigenous Manuscripts course at Humber College.
In 2019, I was honoured to be elected as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. I also completed the Nakahechi route on the Kumano Kodo pilgrimage in the Kii Mountains of Japan.
Born in Dublin, Ireland in 1983, I now live in a log house on a small island near Vancouver, Canada, where I live as sustainably as possible.
I hold dual EU and Canadian citizenship.
“The book that will most change your life is the book you write.”
Credit: Rush Jagoe.