Raised in Toronto, Canada and later graduated from York Mills High School, she received her undergraduate degree from McGill University in Film and Communications and her masters in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University, both in Montreal, Canada. In 1993 she received third prize in poetry for the Student Writing Awards from Books in Canada. While living in Montreal, she was involved in many spoken word events including the Lollapalooza festival in 1994. Also, in 1994 she won The Chester Macnaghten Prize in Creative Writing from McGill University.
Her fiction and poetry have appeared in Prism international, Broken Pencil, Blood and Aphorisms, Sub-terrain, Fish piss, Matrix, the Moosehead Anthology. Her collection of stories, Darkness Then a Blown Kiss, was published in 1998 and was listed as one of the ten best books of the year by NOW magazine. Her first novel, Nellcott Is My Darling, also named Top 10 in 2005 by TimeOut Chicago and NOW, was selected as a finalist for a 2005 Governor General's Awards for Fiction. In 1999, she moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, where she currently resides as an assistant professor of expository and creative writing.