Promiscuous wordsmith, noise lover, shit-disturber, cheese pervert.
I'm the author of DOOM: Love Poems for Supervillains (Insomniac Press, 2012) and Thumbscrews (Snare Books, 2007).
I’m a full time freelancer, working as a music writer, poet, journalist and editor based in Toronto, Ontario. I spend my days alternately damaging my liver and my hearing enjoying aggressive music, or sitting hunched in front of a computer smithing words while covered in a thin layer of cheeto dust. It is a romantic existence that doesn’t require me to put on pants very often.
I regularly contribute to National Post, Quill & Quire, Toronto Standard, HuffPost Music Canada, Canada Arts Connect, This Magazine, Hellbound, About Heavy Metal, Angry Metal Guy, Gameranx, Game Dynamo, Torontoist and Exclaim!. I Canada Arts Connect Magazine hosts my column about feminism and aggressive music, ”Girls Don’t Like Metal.” I write “Postcards” for Toronto Standard, a series of experimental, postcard-length poetic album reviews. I’m also the Reviews Editor of This Magazine, and write a regular series of individual songs from recent Canadian metal albums, “One Track Mind,” appears on the This Magazine website.
I am in the early stages of writing a novel dedicated to the plight of hench-people, the downtrodden and often expendable employees of fictional villains. I also write non-fiction essays and am constantly poking away at a magic-realist autobiography.
I’m an active and passionate member of CWILA (Canadian Women in the Literary Arts), a wonderful organization that “raises public awareness about issues of gender, race, and sexuality in Canadian literary culture by supporting our annual count of literary reviews.” I serve as their syndicated reviews editor. I am also a member of the advisory board of Meat Locker Editions, “a not-for-profit arts organization dedicated to providing opportunities for underrepresented voices in the literary arts: writers aged 18-35, with particular focus on women in the same age bracket.” Both are wonderful organizations worthy of your attention and support. I write about S&M, gastroporn, comic books, video games, combat sports, arts & culture, local politics, feminism and difficult music. I am also the Wordsmith and Promotions Wizard behind Golden Spruce Entertainment. I live in a beach cave with three psycho jungle cats, a Belgian Malinois puppy, and my partner, musician and editor Christopher Gramlich.
Two of the best humans I know, Mike & Lara Crossley ( @crossleymike & @that_attitude ) found a new apartment they loved and had a verbal agreement with the landlord. Then, the landlord researched the band that Mike plays bass in (the same band my partner, Christopher Gramlich [ @NrthrnBearShark] sing in). Today, they received this email from their (former) prospective landlord:
“Hello Mike & Lara,
Sorry for the delay.
I will be straight up with you both.
We were quite ready to make a decision in your favour the other night.
However, upon investigation of the band Vilipend, it has brought forward some concerns for us.
We are uncomfortable with the energy that this music manifests.
We really enjoyed meeting with you both and you have shown, both professionalism and patience in this process.
We thank you for that. However, we feel it is not the best fit for our house and our other tenants.
We wish you both the best of luck in your pursuits.
Mike & Lara are both employed full time, and engage in such disreputable activities as nursing a critically ill cat that requires round the clock care for months on end, and driving Chris and I to Costco.
Check out the band TOO DANGEROUS TO RENT TO here. Vilipend’s new album, Inamorata, will be released by A389 and No List on August 16th, 2012.