I'm Roxanne and I'm a mixed race writer based in Vancouver, Canada. I write non-fiction essays and articles, though have been known to write fiction on rare occasions; I like to explore the personal narrative as a style of writing, because ultimately, writers tell stories. My interest in the lived experience of creatives, women, the chronically ill, survivors of trauma and violence, and persons of colour means that I frequently write about rape culture, addiction, mental illness, reproductive health, race and colonisation. I like to explore processes that make things, people and institutions tick, and I have a somewhat strange and morbid fascination with the ideological autocracy and tribal warfare phenomenon that is Twitter.
I wrestle with chronic Bipolar Disorder Type 2 and PTSD. I am a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, multiple rapes, domestic violence, drug addiction, and divorce. In my past professional lives, I've worked as a government policy analysis, as well as a medical-surgical and oncology nurse, and a nurses' aide. I've written Treasury Board submissions, briefing notes and speeches for Cabinet Ministers. I've administered complex chemotherapy protocols, and managed the care of several patients with multiple critical medical issues. I was also a member of the inaugural nursing team at Insite, North America's first Safe Injection Site for IV Drug Users.
I currently write for Ask Me About My Uterus , Invisible Illness, and Timeline. My writing also appears on the Catapult Community site. I live with my partner and our three felines.