I’m pleased to introduce you to my new work The Light Streamed Beneath It: A Memoir of Grief and Celebration. Let’s begin this intimate conversation about life, death, community, chosen family, sex, and aliveness… more
Much has changed in my life since I last updated my bio in the spring of 2018. I realized that I no longer matched the description of the comedy career I worked long and hard to achieve.
We’ve all been through a shitstorm of life, and every day we are challenged to stretch more and more. So, to re-introduce myself I needed to marinate in the big question.
“Who am I now, at this moment, regardless of my previous achievements, antics, hair colour, or accolades?”
I am a survivor of suicide loss, complicated grief, and post-traumatic stress disorder. I am a widower. I am a cis-white gay man (of a certain age). I am a presence in the life of a vibrant 8-year-old child. I am a Canadian with a green card.
I enter my forties rooted in my body. To be whole and present, in this age and at this age, feels like a privilege.
As a writer, I explore the cellular level tales and sensations in the body –– the flesh, skin, and bones. I am interested in the wondrous universe of human emotions — all of them, good or bad.
As an emotional being, I believe life is about reconnecting to the channels of sensation, and reclaiming certain birthrights (to metaphor, to symbolic language, to pleasure, to safety, to community, to aliveness).
As a student, I am influenced by Audre Lorde, Federico García Lorca, and Esther Perel’s concepts of the erotic. I practice yoga and research GAGA, the movement language of The Batsheva Dance Company; I am interested in Jungian archetypes and the lectures of Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés; I am studying somatics and learning to speak Spanish.
As an earthling, I love orchids, dahlias, and marigolds. My favourite book is Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol. My weekly podcast listening is On Being with Krista Tippett. I have three tattoos (and counting). I dream of living by the ocean and growing succulents, but at the moment, I live in midtown Toronto with a Maine Coon cat named Stevie.
As an entertainer, humour saved my life. Laughter is my primary pathway of healing.
So, I thought I would reintroduce myself as an Embodied Writer, Mover, Storyteller, Conversation Enthusiast, & Community Builder.
Let’s heal through laughter.