I caught the writing bug in elementary school, when my poems and track-meet coverage were published in the local St. Albert Gazette. In university, I wrote trail guides for public visitors to the Kananaskis Field Station, as part of my role as Forestry Interpreter. My first front page story was about stardust research, written during a fellowship at the Calgary Herald newspaper. I won a CCAE Prix D’Excellance medal for Best News Article on a Subject Relating to Natural Sciences and Engineering for a story about wind tunnel research while working for Western University.

Since then, I’ve worn a few different hats in media relations, public affairs and communications, editing and science writing. My freelance work regularly appears in newspapers, magazines, websites and reports, and I write creatively in several genres. I also work on a casual basis in collections at the Thunder Bay Public Library and I co-founded unhitch.ca, a resource hub for information and support on separation and divorce. I’m a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at SFU and the University of Calgary.

My essay “Height of Land” won the 2024 Bill MacDonald Prize for Prose (Nonfiction) and my play “Eggs for One”  is part of the 2024 10×10 Short Play Festival at Magnus Theatre. My poem “Wild Rose” placed third in NOWW’s 25th Annual International Writing Contest and my short story “This morning, over coffee” came second in their 2023 Flash Fiction Writing Contest.

I’m also raising three precocious children, reading as much as I can, walking my dogs and practicing my downward dog. A born and mostly Alberta-raised prairie girl, I’ve lived in Banff, Calgary, St. Albert, Winnipeg, Toronto and the GTA, London and currently, Thunder Bay, Ontario, where I’m grateful to be a guest on the Treaty territory of Fort William First Nation.

You can read more about me  on my LinkedIn profile, my occasional blog posts, my Career Experience (resume) page, or follow me on X (@kinniburgh_c).