Columbia University, New York City, New York
M.F.A in Creative Writing (Fiction), Oct 2013

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
B.A. in Creative Writing and International Relations, May 2007
Focuses: Fiction, Poetry, Playwriting, & International Diplomacy, Security and Peace


  • Monson Arts, MA, Resident, 2020
  • VCCA, VA, Resident, 2020
  • Willapa Bay AiR, WA, Resident, 2019
  • Vermont Studio Center, VT, Resident and Fellow, 2019
  • Hedgebrook, WA, Resident, 2018
  • Tin House Winter Workshop, OR, Novel Scholar, 2018
  • Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, AB, Winter Writers’ Retreat, 2018
  • Writers Omi at Ledig House, NY, Resident, 2017
  • Catwalk Art Residency, NY, Resident, 2016
  • Writers Omi at Ledig House, NY, Resident, 2016
  • Playa Summer Lake, Oregon, Resident 2016
  • Lillian E Smith Center, Georgia, Resident, 2015
  • WildAcres, North Carolina, Resident, 2015
  • The Canada Council of Arts, Professional Writers’ Grant, 2014 
  • Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, Money for Women Writers Grant, 2014 
  • University Writing Program Teaching Fellowship, Columbia University, Sept 2011-13
  • Columbia University Writing Fellowship, Sept 2009/10 and Sept 2010/11
  • Columbia University TOMS Fellowship, Sept 2009/10 and Sept 2010/11
  • Nominated for The Writers’ Trust of Canada/McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize, Dec 2008


Yeshiva College, Department of English, New York, USA, 2012- 2015

  • Courses Taught: Asia and the Western Imagination; First Year Writing

Columbia University, Department of English, New York, USA, 2011 – 2013

  • Courses Taught: University Writing

Columbia University, Summer Bridge Program, New York, USA, 2012 –2015, 2017

  • Courses Taught: Introduction to Writing

Columbia University, Summer High School Program,  NY, 2011 – 2013

  • Courses Taught: Creative Writing


Greenpeace Africa, Fundamentals of Storytelling Workshop (2-day), Sept, 2017

Greenpeace Urban Revolution, Global Campaign Narrative (3-day), May, 2017

Greenpeace Brazil, Fundamentals of Storytelling (2-day), Dec, 2016

Greenpeace Russia, Story-Building Workshop (2-day), Nov, 2016

Greenpeace Czechia, Fundamentals of Storytelling (2-day), Nov, 2016

Greenpeace Mexico, Introduction to Storytelling, Sept, 2016

The Rubin Museum, Tibet In Comics, NY, 2012

Fiction Workshop, Aba Ke Garne? Kathmandu, Nepal, 2010