I am an award-winning writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the right are links to a selection of articles for leading magazines, websites and newspapers. My pieces range widely from arts to business, from travel to tech, from food to the law — the last, because I’m a former barrister.
I trained as a journalist by working, during undergrad at Dartmouth, for the college daily. I have since worked as an editor at Saturday Night magazine, a columnist and editor at Toronto Life and a producer at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
OUTLETS: San Francisco Chronicle and its magazine, San Francisco magazine, Globe & Mail, enRoute, Report on Business, Walrus, Private Clubs, Toronto Life, Reader’s Digest, Azure, Sunset, Toronto Star, Boston Globe, Wine Enthusiast.
TEACHING: I recently taught two classes at Stanford, one on travel writing, the other on usage, style and grammar in the Internet age.
FAVOURITE QUOTES: The epigraph to E.M. Forster’s novel Howard’s End: “Only Connect.” (It’s also my Instagram handle.)
This exchange at the close of Nancy Mitford’s Pursuit of Love. “I said, ‘He was the great love of her life, you know.’
‘Oh, dulling,’ said my mother, [the Bolter], sadly. ‘One always thinks that. Every, every time.'”
And, on a more earnest note, Martin Luther: “To those who do what lies within them, God does not deny grace.”
AWARDS, BY THE NUMBERS:
12: National Magazine Award nominations for articles in Society, Arts & Entertainment, Columns and Business. (Three silvers, nine honorable mentions, to date.)
1: North American Travel Journalists’ Association gold for a 2009 piece for enRoute on Germany.
1: Bay Area Travel Writers’ Best of 2016 award for a piece on San Francisco’s tough Tenderloin district.
1: Eureka Award from Visit California for Best Newspaper Travel Piece re: California in 2016, also for the Tenderloin article.
4: These past four years I have served as a judge for the Canadian National Magazine Awards. This year, I also helped judge a business writing award for the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
* Winners of writing awards.