Thanks for visiting my website! I’m April, author and educator. My books include Carousel, my debut novel (Inanna Publications) and 2020 International Book Awards Winner in the category of LGBTQ Fiction; Death Is a Side-Effect – poems (Frog Hollow Press); and The Poor Children – stories (SFWP). Although The Poor Children is out of print, I’m in the polishing stages of a new story collection – Lost Pretty Souls – that includes the best stories from my first collection.
My fiction, nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in print and online journals in Canada, the US, Mexico, Germany, Scotland, and Spain. I’m the recipient of a Pushcart Prize for my short story “Project Fumarase,” and I’ve enjoyed fully-funded residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Ucross Foundation. I hold a BA in Creative Writing and Professional Writing from Université Concordia, and an MFA in Fiction from Queens University of Charlotte.
As an educator, I empower clients to trust and use their built-in skills and potential to tell compelling stories and make their unique experiences accessible to others. Since 2002, I’ve helped at-risk youth, university students, community groups, business professionals, seniors, and neurodiverse learners explore their passions and aptitudes for language and creative expression.
Currently, I’m a bilingual crisis responder for Kids Help Phone / Jeunesse, j’écoute, and I facilitate creative writing workshops for at-risk youth through the Quebec Writers’ Federation-sponsored program, Writers in the Community. I also volunteer for the Community Lunch program at Maison Saint Columba House. I’m at my best and most creative when I can blend my passions for writing, teaching, and human service.