Sapha is like a young Wolfgang Pauli, in every laboratory he went, there was a little explosion.
— David Roomy

Sapha focusses on

comparative ancient mythology, futurist settings, poetry & contemporary magic realism.

Career Highlights

  • 2005 Horizons Award for Best Villain, Best Characterization, Best Dialogue & Best Comedic Moment

  • 2006 Horizons Award for Best Duel, Best Villain, Best Protagonist & Best Comedic Moment

  • 2007 Published "Generosus" in [ S P A C E S ] Literary Journal

  • 2010 Assistant Instructor of Self Defence for Women & Martial Arts for Men at a Liberal Arts University

  • 2013 Trainee Instructor of the Year Award for Region 119C (WTTU)

  • 2014 Published "Rust" in MacroMicroCosm Literary & Art Journal

  • 2014 Published Usurper Kings Poetry Collection with Vraeyda Literary

  • 2014 Joined The Writer's Union of Canada

  • 2015 Published "Madonna", "Gentle Rage", "Chaos Machines & the Universe Child", "Eve & the Other"

  • 2016 Published "Spellbound", Began "Son of Abel" serial in MacroMicroCosm Literary & Art Journal

  • 2016 Workshop Speaker: Maneuvering the Media Ocean: Social Media for Authors

  • 2016 The Writer's Union of Canada elected Sapha as a National Council Advocate at the AGM.

  • 2017 Published Son of Abel with Vraeyda Literary.

Strong, Brave, Beautiful

One of my fellow writers gave me a mantra to repeat, on those not so rocking days. Strong, brave and beautiful. Writers have an enormous job in our cultural landscape: we shift how others think through story.

I was born in Vancouver, BC in the 80’s. Teethed on images of the Berlin Wall falling down. The product of Vancouver's multiculturalism, I steeped in divergent cultures, religious experiences and gender roles from an early age. Concentrating on the Backgrounds of English Literature, I wrote on comparative mythologies & fairy tale, Old Norse, world religions, & film in University. On hiatus from the written word, I volunteered in Ghana, West Africa for a medical charity, and returned to Canada with an international perspective on gender, and storytelling. 

In 2014, my poetry collection Usurper Kings (Vræyda Literary) hit the shelves with a Bang. My novella Son of Abel debuted in MacroMicroCosm Literary & Art Journal, and was published unabridged in 2017. The Writers Union of Canada elected me as BC/Yukon Regional Representative for the National Council at the 2017 AGM. My term concluded May 2019. I live in BC with my spouse, and travel to speak on gender roles, martial arts, comparative mythology and social media/promotion for creative professionals.

Are you in Western Canada & the United States? You can hire me for readings of poetry, speculative fiction & as a lecturer on increasing diversity in Canadian literature, comparative mythology, Beowulf, martial arts & self defence, and social media for creative professionals. 

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