Hello. I'm Carissa.

I am an award-winning magazine writer, author, speaker and facilitator. My writing about urban culture, politics and design has appeared in many publications including: Alberta Venture, Eighteen Bridges, the Globe and Mail and Today's Parent. My essays are included in the anthologies In This Together and Broadview Anthology of Expository Prose and I have won both a National and Alberta Magazine Award. On CBC Edmonton AM my summer radio column exploring the city's less traveled haunts can be heard every Tuesday. I am a keynote and workshop speaker and believe in the power of humour and storytelling; I like to explore how we find connection and hope in our neighbourhoods.

When not writing, I have worked broadly as an inner-city non-profit director, a political advisor to government ministers, an event planner and communications consultant. In my work as a facilitator, I meld these diverse leadership experiences with my writer's listening and storytelling skills, helping organizations discover their unique path through facilitated strategic and project planning sessions.

I live with my husband and three children in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada where people often asked, “Why do you live there?” My answer was to write Little Yellow House.
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Little Yellow House: Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood

Published by Gutteridge Books, an imprint of University of Alberta Press.

Look for it in stores September 2018.