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Writing and Journalism

Creative non-fiction, essays and lifestyle pieces

Carissa's profiles and articles delve deeply into politics, culture and identity. Her lifestyle and design writing focus on the human story. She has had columns with CBC Edmonton AM and the Edmonton Journal.

Freelance Journalism: Speaking

Portfolio Sampler

Freelance Journalism: Press

Anthology: Broadview Anthology of Expository Press 3e - Canadian Edition


An edited version of the essay "A Different Kind of Simakanis" is published in this primer for university English students.

Anthology: In This Together: Fifteen Stories of Truth and Reconciliation


The essay "Lost Fires Still Burn" is published in this collection of fifteen essays on reconciliation.


  • Winner: 2016 National Magazine Award. Society Category

  • Finalist: 2016 National Magazine Award. Investigative Journalism Category

  • Winner: Alberta Magazine Award 2016. Alberta Story Category

July 5, 2018

What Carissa learned when she went to work and her husband stayed home with their three kids.

February 1, 2019

A craftsman designs homes with the past in mind.

May 11, 2020

Yes, your smartphone habit is affecting your kid—here's how...
We've all spent countless hours lost in emails or Instagram, but experts are worried that when we're connecting online, we're connecting less with our kids.

January 1, 2020

Want to write a letter to the Premier that gets read? A former Correspondence Director dishes advice on getting heard.

2013- 2015

This column shone a spotlight on local Edmonton designers and makers.

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