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.

Little Yellow House: Finding Community in a Changing Neighbourhood

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

Look for advance copies in your favourite local bookstores. If you're in Edmonton, find it at The Carrot Coffeehouse, Mandolin Books, Tix on the Square and Audreys.