A Life in Colour
Writer - Essayist - Visual Artist - Poet - Expressive Arts Facilitator
CKCA proponent 2020
Creative Spark Columbia Basin Grant recipient 2019 for BC Artists in Schools
An emerging creative writer published in the Nelson Star (2019) and the Black Bear Review/BBR online, Carina’s The Xerophyte is slotted for the illustrated BBR print edition in Spring 2020. An exciting student pitch is pending with Kootenay Mountain Culture Magazine.
She is an experienced communications and employment specialist in the nonprofit sector (KCDS, Nelson at its Best, Make a Change Canada, Touchstones Museum). With varied professional background as a graphic designer (brand identity development), copy writer (15 years), youth facilitator, employment counselor (KCDS, Make a Change Canada), Board member in the non-profit sector (KCDS, Nelson and District Arts Council/NDAC under Pat Henman’s leadership), media analyst (AC Nielsen Market Research), and acquisitions assistant for film rights (Films 2000 –Eastern European Art films), Carina brings a breadth of experiences to her writing pursuits.
She has lived and worked in Nelson for the last 15 years. A native Montrealer of North African and Eastern European descent she identifies as a bilingual (French-English) cisgendered woman and parent. A graduate of McGill University (Communications and Film, with Honours), she has chosen to study creative writing at Selkirk College for the last three years.
Carina plans to pursue graduate studies with UBC’s MFA program in Creative Writing (optional residency) Fall 2021 and is currently visioning her first collection of stories and essays.
Follow her on Facebook.com/CarinaCostom@KootenayAuthor