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I’m a Vancouver Island-based writer who’s inspired by landscapes—both interior and exterior. 

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Wild, Salty Body of Water 

The Salish Sea is a wet lung breathing outside our balcony while my boyfriend, Doug, and I sleep. It inhales and exhales all night long, sucking seaweed into its salty windpipe, spitting crustaceans upon the shores of Galiano Island…

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An Unlikely Antidote for Heartache

Here, amidst the shuffling carousel of seniors, this handsome elder really stood out. Unlike everyone else in the room, he was taller than me. He also had style: black satin shirt and gold necklace style…

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Brahman is the Charioteer

As we wound through the Iowa countryside, Highway One would stretch before us like a ribbon of black licorice and we’d savour its sweetness, going 55 miles per hour. We loved the slow road. Outside, the landscape would roll by—rusty silos, red barns, grazing cattle…

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Magazine Editorial

I’ve written for The Writer, Yoga Journal, DECOR, Art Business News, and other publications. 

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01_VerseMap_vonEssenPoetry

I’ve published poems in both American and Canadian journals and anthologies. Feel free to explore my work.

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About Me

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 4.49.08 PMI’m a creative nonfiction writer and poet. I live on Vancouver Island, where the ocean and islands offer endless creative fodder for the imagination. Learn more.