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Five artworks are featured on Quail Bell Magazine‘s “The Unreal”, complementing the words of others, or vice versa: all in one in all, Cape Town Harbour, chantal, Cuba shore, beach reflections. Thanks to Gretchen Gales for her curatorial interpretation!

From the Cuba shoreline project, seven artworks published online in Empty Mirror Literary Magazine.


Two artworks, “Run or Dye” (colour version) and “Talking Circles” were published in Scarborough Arts’ Spectacular Celebrations Big Art Book 2016.

Poem “hiraeth” won the Monica Ladell Literary Arts Award and is published in Scarborough Arts’ Spectacular Celebrations Big Art Book 2016.

The Empty Mirror Literary & Arts Magazine published three artworks from the “Eye the Beholder” project along with “for John, the hipster of Joy Street”, a poem on John Weiners, beat poet and Boston College classmate of a dear friend. Words for the poem inspired by a piece written by author and artist Pamela Petro.

Poem “Weeding” selected for the Scarborough Arts Spring Forward: Member Exhibition, April 21 to May 30, 2016.

Curated “Eros 2016 – First Love One True Love” at the Arbor Gallery – Centre for Contemporary Art making this seventh consecutive show the longest running annual exhibition of erotic art in Canada. The exhibition ran from February 10 to March 13, 2016.



Two  artworks, “In Transit” and “Dinner Place”, chosen as jurors’ choice for Scarborough Arts’ 30th Annual Juried Exhibition, “En Route”. The exhibition ran from January 13 to 24, 2016 at the Papermill Gallery at Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Road.

Scarborough Arts Big Art Book 2015 published artworks “In Transit” and “Dinner Place” released on January 18, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.

Photographic contributionSet Together” included in the “Emily DiCarlo: Between You and Me” exhibition from October 3 to November 8, 2015 in the Hallway Galleries at Artscape Youngplace in Toronto, Ontario.

Curated “The Art of Labels” featuring the artwork from iconic labels from Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co. in Vankleek Hill, Ontario. The exhibition opened September 26 and ran to October 25, 2015 at the Arbor Gallery – Centre for Contemporary Art and showcased Beau’s artists Jordan Bamforth & Eddy Earwigg.

Artwork “They’re all that’s left you (detail), 1977 / 2015” accepted in the juried Selections 2015, AOE Arts Council. The exhibition at the Trinity Art Gallery of the Shenkman Arts Centre ran from September 24 to October 20, 2o15.

Curated Threads of Time at the Arbor Gallery – Centre for Contemporary Art, featuring oil paintings of Ottawa artist, Virginia Dupuis. The exhibition ran from Thursday, August 27  to September 20, 2015.

Curated From the Ground Up: The Art of Up-cycling at the Arbor Gallery – Centre for Contemporary Art, featuring metal sculptures of Ron Matton and photographs of Peter de Gannes, both from the Ottawa area. The exhibition ran from May 6 to July 12, 2015.

Artwork and interview in Blotterature’s Shorts Issue, March 2015, pages 15 to 25. Bio on page 15, interview on pages 16-19, and artwork on pages 20-25.

Yearning for the Irretrievable | Pamela Petro: Art & Interview, curated art and interview with Massachusetts artist and writer, Pamela Petro, published March 8, 2015, by Numéro Cinq, an on-line international journal of arts and letters.

Artwork “dinner place” exhibited in “Mosaic – Mosaïque”, a juried group art exhibition  at the Trinity Art Gallery in the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans, ON, from February 12 to March 17, 2015.

Curated the sixth annual Eros 2015, an exhibition of erotic art, at the Arbor Gallery – Centre for Contemporary Art, featuring move than 30 works from 10 Montreal, Ottawa and Vankleek Hill artists. The exhibition ran from February 11 to March 15, 2015.

Artwork/poem “when mom died” on exhibit at Scarborough Arts’ curated Word Lens exhibition from Thursday, January 15 to Friday, January 30, 2015,  in The Bluffs Gallery, 1859 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON.

The Body Ineffable: Chantal Gervais Art & Interview, curated art/video and interview with Ottawa artist and photographer, Chantal Gervais, published January 12, 2015, by Numéro Cinq, an on-line international journal of arts and letters.

Artwork “city old new” on display at the Promenade Arteast exhibition Silver Celebration – Winter from January 8 to March 17, 2015 at the Shenkman Arts Centre (lower level) in Orleans, ON.

The Ontario Poetry Society published poem “all in one in all” in Verse Afire, Jan-Apr 2015, Vol. 1.



Two artworks, “fall reflections” and “moon tree”, on exhibit at Arteast Ottawa’s Holiday Mix exhibition at the St. Laurent Complex, Ottawa, ON., from November 24 to January 16, 2015.

Fruita Pulp Issue #6 (November/December 2014) published, as the first installment of a series, the contribution entitled “Marginalia: Let’s be just a little bit sentimental”. It includes a poem “turning the book”, a reflection on this contribution.

VIMFIREmagazine published poem “Dance” and artwork “Last Reading” in its October 2014 debut issue.

Curated art and interview  What Is The Storyteller Going to Tell you?  on UK-based Canadian painter Andrew Salgado, for Numéro Cinq, an on-line international journal of arts and letters, published in October 2014.

Fruita Pulp Issue #5 (September/October 2014) published poem “am filled with words”.

The Ontario Poetry Society published poem “paint my eyes” in Verse Afire (Vol. 111 No. 2), September 2014.

Peer Review published poemI’ve not responded” and artworkThe Others”  in July 2014.

Poetry Quarterly published poem “She knew what was coming” in the Summer 2014 issue.

Contributed photograph to Set Together, a globally collaborative project that asks participants to share in witnessing and documenting the setting sun on the longest day of the year in the northern hemisphere – Saturday June 21st, 2014.

My photography was used in “The Lost Highway Documentary” website. The Directors’ cut premiered in Toronto at the Revue Cinema on April 6, and the world broadcast premiered on TVO April 23, 2014.

Transendence” published artwork “Egg” in the inaugural edition of  magazine in May 2014, page 55.

Scarborough Arts Big Art Book 2014 published artworks “Torn” and “Portrait of an Artist as a Young Woman #4” released on May 22, 2014 (pages 162-3) in Toronto, Canada.

The Ontario Poetry Society published poem “hot coffee” in Verse Afire (Vol. 11 No. 2), May 2014.

My contribution to National Poetry Month appears as part of “UC San Diego Celebrates National Poetry Month” (April 2014).

one sentence poems published poemblack and blue” in March 26, 2014.

Artwork “Last Reading” was on display at the North Gloucester Library from March 11- May 13.

Collaborated in creating a group artwork at “Cut Loose” hosted by PrototypeD Urban Workshop in February 2014. This short video highlights the creative and distributive process, and the fun we had doing it.

Two artworks “Torn” and “Portrait of an Artist as a Young Woman #4” exhibited at the Moniker Gallery, Spitting Image: Portrait and Figurative Exhibition, Juried Group Show, Toronto, January 30 – February 5, 2014


Previous publications

Poems “growing up” and “changes of the light” published in “Watchword”

as hush as us“, chapbook of poems and illustrations (by Michael Banks), Les Editions Academiques, Montreal, 1980

Poem “doppelganger” published in “The New Mitre Magazine”

Poem “a thought on september – a date” published in “The Mitre”

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