My Nova Scotia Home: Nova Scotia’s best writers riff on the place they call home, edited by Vernon Oickle and published by McIntyre Purcell Publishers in 2019, contains my personal essay, “Saving Home.”

Aubade: Poetry and Prose from Nova Scotia Writers, edited by E. Alex Pierce and published by Boularderie Island Press in 2018, holds one of my poems, “Aubade,” and a short story, “A God of Sorts.”

Salt Fires, my debut book of poems,  Pottersfield Press, 2018. I think it’s quite lovely, and of course want to share it. The cover, “Old Tree,” is by Lynn Misner, photographed by Stephen Ernst, both of Power House Art. Here it is:

“Old Tree” by Lynn Misner. Photograph by Stephen Ernst

and here is a link to the 49th Shelf‘s description of what you’ll find inside.

Keeper of the Light (Halifax: Formac, 2017) is a picture book about a courageous young girl working at a lighthouse on Nova Scotia’s South Shore in the 1920s. Please read more details here.

My poem “Mermaid” is included in Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things: Children’s Poetry and Verse from Atlantic Canada, edited by Sheree Fitch and Anne Hunt, published by Nimbus. There’s a poem by my mother, Joyce Barkhouse, CM, ONS, too, along with so many wonderful others.

A chapbook of my poems, Silence, is available at the Etsy site of Nancy French, of Lindenlea Paper, who created the lovely paper and the book, self-published through Mid-Drumlin Press. My cousin, Margaret Atwood, was kind enough to mention Silence in  the New York Times.


Here is a short story called “Little Billy”, published by Room Magazine, reprinted online.

pit-ponyI wrote the text for Pit Pony: The Picture Book, from the YA novel written by my mother, Joyce Barkhouse. (Sydney Smith, winner of the Governor General’s Award for Sidewalk Flowers, did the terrific illustrations.)




Sable Island – Imagine! is written for readers at about the Grade 3 level, was published by Curriculum Plus. As a result, there is an excellent free curriculum guide for the book, created by Nancy Wilcox Richards, author of the Farmer Joe series and other works.