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THE REASON FOR TIME, an historical novel set in July, 1919, in Chicago. Allium Press of Chicago, April, 2016. http://alliumpress.com/

SHINNY'S GIRLS, the Trilogy, a compilation of the first two Shinny’s Girls novels (Shinny’s Girls and Flashing Yellow), and a third, YOU AGAIN, which completes the trilogy. Published by burningBooks as an ebook, June, 2013. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00DKCZKFU

FLASHING YELLOW, a novel which continues the story of the character Shinny, from SHINNY'S GIRLS. Turnstone Press, April, 2001 http://www.turnstonepress.com

THE PRIVATE EYE, a study of the Wrangel Island snow geese and how they are perceived by the various artists, scientists, naturalists, hunters and native people who come into contact with them as they migrate south to winter on the Fraser and Skagit River deltas, UBC Press, October, 1996. (Shortlisted for the Science in Society Book Award) (http://www.ubcpress.ubc.ca/search/title_book.asp?BookID=503)

CENTRE/CENTER, Talonbooks, 1992. A trilogy of novellas.

SHINNY'S GIRLS, Talonbooks, 1989. Eight stories and a novella. http://www.talonbooks.com/

SUBURBS OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE, Penumbra Press, l986. Ten stories. ("Writer's Choice" award, l986 Literary Press Group panel.) http://penumbrapress.com



Gayla Stairs, BBC Radio 3, 1987

The Star and the Scorpion, The Seattle Review, fall, 1987

A Trip Somewhere, Quarry West 22 (Santa Cruz, CA), 1986

Romance, BBC Radio 3, 1985

Living With Nuclear Weapons, Quarry 34:3, 1984

The Circle, University of Windsor Review, Vol. XVIII, 1983

How it Happened, BBC Radio 3, 1982

Links, Harvest, 1981

Lady of the Ocean, Event 9:2, 1981

A Joint Communique, CBC Hornby Collection, 1980

After Hours, Northward Journal 26, 1981

Greta, Northward Journal 23, 1979

The Men on my Window, Prism International, 16:1, 1977


A FABLE WITH CELLPHONES, a three-act promenade play commissioned by Deer Crossing, the Art Farm, and performed there August 6, 7, and 8, 2010.

IMPERFECT, a two-act, 30-character play about institutionalization, inspired by the old government-run schools for the developmentally disabled. Commissioned by Douglas College for the Laura C. Muir Theatre, March, 2009 Produced by the University of Windsor Theatre Department, March, 2010, and Dalhousie University in 2011. http://www.playwrightsguild.ca

CASTING THE ANGEL, a two-act, five-character play developed with assistance from the Playwright's Theatre Centre, Vancouver and presented as part of the PTC's "In-Process" series of new plays, Winter, 2006. Presented as a staged reading to benefit PAL Vancouver (the Performing Arts Lodge), in July, 2008.

STEVE AND DAVE HIT VEGAS This one-act satire about non-profits asks the question, do you have to be good to do good? In development.


"El Premio", produced by Heather Brown, for CBC's Studio 94, broadcast November, 1994.

"I'm Sorry", produced by John Juliani for CBC's Studio '93, broadcast June, 18, 1993.

"A Yukon Quintette", produced by John Juliani for CBC Morningside, broadcast April 1-5 ( five fifteen-minute episodes), 1991. (Published in Take Five: The Morningside Dramas, ed. Dave Carley, Blizzard Publishing, 1991 )

"Suburbs of the Arctic Circle", produced by John Juliani for Sextet and broadcast on CBC's Sunday Matinee, November 26, 1989.


The Strength of Materials, a sound poem based on the work of sculptor Geoffrey Smedley.
Words assembled by Mary Burns, Sounds recorded and assembled by Steve Wright, Photography by Diego Samper. Presented as part of the Synchronicity Festival, Deer Crossing, the Art Farm, August 6, 7, 8, 2010


ANTHOLOGIES (selected)

"On the Wing, on the Plate", in WILD MOMENTS, ed. Michael Engelhard, University of Alaska Press, fall, 2008

"Suburbs of the Arctic Circle" in A CORNER IN EACH LIFE, REFLECTIONS IN FICTION, ed. Armstrong and Corbeil, Nelson Canada, 1994.

"The Circle" in FIRE BENEATH THE CAULDRON, ed. Geoff Hancock, Thistledown, 1991.

"Suburbs of the Arctic Circle" in the Harrowsmith collection of stories from rural Canada, Ed. Wayne Grady, Camden House, 1991.

"Yukon Quintette" in TAKE FIVE, the Morningside Dramas, ed. Dave Carley, Blizzard, 1991.


Director, researcher/writer, "Megadream", a 60 minute documentary on B.C.'s northeast coal project, National Film Board of Canada. (Broadcast on CBC, January ll, l986)

Assistant director, researcher/writer, "Jack Hodgins' Island", a 60 minute documentary on the Vancouver Island author, National Film Board of Canada (broadcast on KCTS, the Seattle PBS affiliate on July l, 1982)

Researcher and/or writer on l4 documentary subjects and two animated films - "Debts" and "From Flores" - for the National Film Board of Canada, Pacific Region, l978-86





Play scripts are available to read via these links.


Casting the Angel

A Fable with Cellphones

Steve and Dave Hit Vegas

For production permission, contact the Playwrights Guild






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