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Thank you Canada Council for the Arts
Professional Development Award 2021-2022
Research and Creation Award 2022-2023

Would You Give Up Arms For Wings?
A story inspired by the life and visionary writings of Paulus Berensohn.


Professional Development Award

with Alison Pick




I'm very grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts. I've received Professional Development funding for Alison Pick to mentor me through the second draft of my Paulus Berensohn story and project. 


The working title has been for some time now, Dig: Paulus Berensohn, A Natural Life. Alie has provided her first set of feedback the 400 pages of the first draft.


She was supportive and insightful through pages of notes that concluded with the words,"Start all over." But she didn't say it was bad. There are worlds of difference in between. A trusted mentor sends you on a journey with a packed lunch for the big detour. I've accepted Alie's advice. The title is going to change, and the complex, important, magical story will take a new path. 


Visit my other pages under this tab to meet Paulus. I invite you to be inspired as I am by his natural life.

Research and Creation Award:

2022 - 2023



I am grateful for the ongoing support from the Canada Council for the Arts with a fully funded Research and Creation Award. The support will see this project to its conclusion in the coming months. This project has kept my creative heart alive for four years. Soon I can share the finished book. I happily labour to a completed work that I hope will be a flame of creative support for any and all who read it. I've been working with a new title: Would You Give Up Arms For Wings? A story inspired by the visionary life and writings of Paulus Berensohn. But it might change again.

I'm grateful that Alison Pick continues to support this project and labour along with me. She provides all of the hard questions, and keeps me looking in my blind spots so the story is served. I wouldn't be here without her.

My dad is funny. When I told him he said, "Is that real money?" 

"Yes, Dad," I said. "It's real money."

Read more about the project here.

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