Hi, I’m April, a Montreal queer writer and educator. Thank you for visiting my website! My books include Carousel, my debut novel fresh off the press from Inanna Publications, and 2020 International Book Awards Winner in the category of LGBTQ Fiction; Death Is a Side-Effect – poems (Frog Hollow Press, 2019); and The Poor Children – stories (SFWP, 2015).
My short stories, poems, personal essays, and articles have appeared in print and online journals in Canada, the U.S., Mexico, Germany, Scotland, and Spain. I hold 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 earned a B.A. in Creative Writing and Professional Writing from Concordia University (Montréal, Québec), and a M.F.A. in Fiction from Queens University of Charlotte (Charlotte, North Carolina).
As an educator, I’m interested in how we can use the built-in skills and potential we might not realize we have to tell compelling stories and communicate unique experiences. Since 2002, I’ve helped at-risk youth, university students, community groups, business professionals, and non-traditional learners explore their passions and aptitudes for language and creative expression.
Currently, I’m a bilingual crisis responder for Kids Help Phone, and I facilitate creative writing workshops for at-risk youth through the Quebec Writers’ Federation-sponsored program, Writers in the Community. I’m always striving to find and generate work that blends my passions for creative writing and helping vulnerable populations =)