Q: Do you live near where you were born? Have you traveled much?

A: I was born in Nova Scotia, a province in Eastern Canada, and currently live in New Brunswick. Looking out my window I can see Nova Scotia across the Bay of Fundy. New Brunswick is where I grew up and the smell of the Bay, dramatic shoreline, and deep forests are home. I moved to Central and Western Canada for my education but always gravitated back to New Brunswick again.

As a child I travelled through most of the United States in the back of my parents’ Volkswagen. I gawked at New York City and the Grand Canyon in between Battleship games with my brother and a handful of Nancy Drew novels.

In my early twenties I spent three months in rural Costa Rica as part of a conservation volunteer group. I treasure the experiences I had in the rainforests there and the beautiful communities that welcomed us into their lives. There were blankets of fireflies along the edges of one forest that will forever haunt my dreams.


Jennifer Shelby’s story “Zsezzyn, Who Is Not a God
in Metaphorosis Friday, 12 June 2020.
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