I’m a Canadian magazine journalist and fiction writer who lives in Winnipeg. I grew up in Burkina Faso and moved to Canada when I was nineteen. I earned a journalism degree and worked as a newspaper reporter in Winnipeg for several years before moving to Vancouver to do an MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. My essays and journalism on religion, activism, climate change, parenting, masculinity, and Burkina Faso, have appeared in The Globe & Mail, The Walrus, Broadview Magazine, Utne Reader, Hazlitt, Eighteen Bridges, Quill & Quire, The Vancouver Sun, The Ottawa Citizen, and Geez Magazine.
Two of my personal essays, “What the Hell?” and “The Way We Give,” have been shortlisted for National Magazine Awards. I received a Canada Council grant to report this piece on a personal hero of mine, and an Amnesty International Media Award for my journalism on rising seas in Bangladesh. A story about my friend Erick and a secret war of vengeance in the Democratic Republic of Congo received the Dave Greber Freelance Writers Award.
My most recent piece of short fiction appeared in The Walrus. I’ve also published short stories in Prairie Fire, The New Quarterly, and Rhubarb.