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I’m a writer, an editor, and a researcher with expertise in Canadian literary culture and in North American texts for young people, with an emphasis on gender and genre, sexuality studies, print and screen media, popular culture, adaptation studies, book and periodical history, scholarly editing, the archive, and digital humanities. I received a Ph.D. in English from McMaster University in 2006 and a graduate certificate in publishing from Ryerson University in 2015.

My edited books include an edition of L.M. Montgomery’s rediscovered final book, The Blythes Are Quoted, which has been translated into Polish, Finnish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Italian, and the three-volume critical anthology The L.M. Montgomery Reader, which won the 2016 PROSE Award for Literature from the Association of American Publishers. I also edit two book series: Early Canadian Literature (Wilfrid Laurier University Press), which returns to print novels and memoirs published before 1950, with eight volumes already in print, and The L.M. Montgomery Library (University of Toronto Press), which collects Montgomery’s extensive periodical work, including short stories, poems, and miscellaneous pieces, with two volumes already in print and a third volume forthcoming in spring 2022. L.M. Montgomery Online, a web resource I direct, provides information about Montgomery’s life, work, and legacy for her worldwide readership.

My first novel, entitled In the Key of Dale and telling the story of a queer sixteen-year-old music prodigy who starts writing letters to his late father, will be published by Arsenal Pulp Press in fall 2022.