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Biography

I am of Anishinaabe and Portuguese descent and an off reserve member of Pinaymootang First Nation. My mother’s family is from the Manitoba Interlake and my father’s family emigrated to Canada from the Azores in the 1960s. Before coming to Transatlantic, I held tenures as a bartender, cattle factory fabricator, line cook at a burrito chain, meat slicer, tote washer, food runner, editor-in-chief of two university literary journals, teaching assistant, workshop facilitator, and as a Programming Assistant alongside the small but mighty team at The Word On The Street Toronto in the summer of 2018. I have an MA in English in the field of Creative Writing and an HBA in Professional Writing and Communication & English from the University of Toronto.

I began working at Transatlantic in the fall of 2019 to cover Contracts Administrator Laura Cook’s one year maternity leave and now work part-time as the agency’s Receivables and Royalties Clerk. Since January 2021, I have worked with Senior Literary Agent and International Rights Director Carolyn Forde and provide direct support for her list. When I am not working at the agency, I am editing my debut memoir, Half-Bads in White Regalia, which sold in a 7-bid auction to David Ross for a spring 2022 release through Penguin Canada’s Hamish Hamilton imprint. Excerpts of Half-Bads in White Regalia received the 2020 Indigenous Voices Award for Best Unpublished Prose.

Submissions

As an Associate Agent, I’m drawn to storytelling that enriches the reader’s worldview, politics, or love of language, and am hooked when the writing accomplishes all three. Championing new Anishinaabe and First Nations voices is at the core of my mandate and I seek to support writers from the rural, northern, and inner-city communities of Canada. Manuscript wishlist includes interwoven family sagas (Kawai Strong Washburn’s Sharks in a Time of Saviors, Ian Williams’ Reproduction), fresh and regenerative works that defy categorization (Leanne Betasamosake Simpson’s Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies, Jordan Abel’s NISHGA), novels from dazzling stylists (Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones, Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous), and a darn good memoir.

Submission Guidelines

I will open for submissions in the summer of 2021 and seek to develop a mostly co-agented list with senior agents thereafter.