Brent is represented by Morty Mint of the Mint Literary Agency.
Chance & King
Status: Complete. On submission to publishers.
Mutton calls the magic cubbyhole in the back of Second Chances, her mother’s Hamilton thrift store, “the Niche.” For one chosen person every day, the Niche delivers the one thing everyone hopes for when they browse pre-chanced things: the perfect item, keepsake, gift, memory, heirloom-to-be. When Mutton is robbed at gunpoint and the thief runs away with a Niche item that isn’t meant for him, she embarks upon a summer journey that will transform her and her family forever. Chance & King is an urban odyssey of everyday magic, unexpected saints, family challenges, and the many levels of love.
Boy Cornelius McVeigh, 18, is having a rough final few months of high school. Boy, who is continuously haunted by Charlie, the ghost of his dead sister, meets Father Mara, a middle-aged homeless man who has the ability to stop time. Unaffected by Mara’s gift, Boy finds himself drawn to the strange man, who lives in a hidden culvert along a dead stretch of Lake Ontario shoreline. They strike up an uneasy friendship, with Boy discovering an unlikely father figure and Mara, despite fleeing his own past and plagued by omnipresent paranoia, enjoying the companionship. However, Boy’s fractured family situation—an unreliable, substance-addicted mother and a father in prison for vehicular manslaughter—collides with this unusual relationship when the wrong person learns about Mara’s ability. As his school year—and the secure future he assumed he would have—also threatens to fall apart, Boy will confront the danger of Mara’s ability, the limits of friendship, as well as the lingering questions about his family’s past.
What Steps We Carry
Status: Complete at 105,000 words.
Six interwoven lives. Twenty four years. A collision of fire in the midst of Syria’s civil war.
An Iraqi officer bombards a village with chemical weapons and flees to Damascus from Saddam Hussein’s purges. A young Kurd abandons his mother and sister as they escape across the Syrian desert. An Egyptian boy is sold by his mother into the sex trade. A fake priest from Canada fails to save a girl from a horrible fate yet runs from a second chance to make amends. A sadistic predator crosses the globe in pursuit of the next thrill. A flamboyant messenger angel wrestles with the humanity of her supernatural tasks.
Ultimately, What Steps We Carry demands we ask: how many choices and decisions are truly ours to make?
What Steps We Carry was completed under the mentorship of Nino Ricci through the Humber School of Writers.
Status: Complete at 70,000 words.
Category: Literary, with a hint of the supernatural.
If Rhoda Camael gave you the chance to ask, you might wonder about the eighteen months she spent in darkness, about the shades of black she found. When she finally opens her eyes she is, of course, given the facts – that her father and little brother were murdered and she was raped and left for dead in the living room of the family home. Devon Eli, the man who committed those terrible crimes, is fading away in prison, having surprised everyone with a quiet guilty plea. When Rhoda tries to return to her ordered, private ways, she is unprepared for how she will be treated by others or the expectations they have for how she should be grieving. Nor can she anticipate that, even from his tiny prison cell, Eli will reach out to her – she will face sunlight and shadows, and a moment of choice that can only happen in a place like Aeden’s Wake.
Status: First draft in progress, but paused until further notice.
The Mural is a pilgrimage tale. Ottorio Kevel, a drug-addicted, has-been artist, discovers an old photo of his late mother standing in front of an unfinished mural along an unused railway spur. She, an infantry officer killed in a dusty, far-off place, had always discouraged Ottorio from pursuing his artistic talents, and he is enraged at her hypocrisy. After an accidental overdose leaves him stripped bare, he reevaluates himself and decides to purge his guilt and her betrayal from his system by completing the mural in his own hand, with his own genius. However, the journey will not be as simple as he expects it to be: the spur's shadows and the mural's demands will drive him to the brink of his own psyche, and perhaps beyond.
Mash Stories: "Cathedral Language" (July 2014)
The New Quarterly: "Finding Iraq" (Issue 131, summer 2014)
The New Quarterly: "Fairly Traded" (Issue 131, summer 2014)
Biz Magazine: “The Bean Counters” (November 2012, article)
Urbanicity: “East of James” (August 2012, creative non-fiction)
The Christian Courier (Columnist, “Borderless,” & Various 2009-2013): "Killing the World's Children (January 12, 2013); “Things Said, Things Unsaid” (December 10, 2012, column); “Borderless” (November 12, 2012, column); “Tattoos and the Long Game” (August 6, 2012, feature); “This Unexpected Love” (April 23, 2012, creative non-fiction); “The Danger of Passivism” (April 9, 2012, essay); “The Battle for Language” (February 27, 2012, article); “Boots on the Ground” (January 23, 2012, article); “Palestine’s Plea for Recognition” (November 28, 2011); “Hearts, Not Minds” (December 26, 2011); “Finding December” (December 14, 2009, fiction); “Snapshots from Street Level” (October 12, 2009, creative non-fiction)
The New Guard Literary Review: “Buddy’s Mirror” (Finalist in 2011 Machigonne Fiction Contest)
The Storyteller: “A Command Performance” (December 2011, fiction)
AWARE Kuwait: “A Fire in the Desert” (Winner of AWARE’s 2011 essay competition, also published in contest anthology and The Kuwait Times)
The Banner: “Masha’Allah: Whatever the Will of God” (May 2011, article)
Fringe Magazine: “An Ocean View” (September 2008, creative non-fiction)
Bazaar Magazine (Monthly, 2007-2009): “Completion” (July 2009, creative non-fiction); “My Buzzing Pocket” (June 2009, Creative non-fiction); “Seeing Past The Red” (May 2009, essay); “A Covenant With Tomorrow” (April 2009, creative non-fiction); “Sight” (March 2009, essay); “Year of the Rat” (January 2009, essay); “How to Fix Me” (December 2008, essay); “Upwards” (November 2008, essay); “A Tier Above” (October 2008, fiction); “Failaka Rose” (September 2008, fiction); “To Give and Receive” (August 2008, essay); “Projection” (July 2008, creative non-fiction); “Scattered Pieces of a Kuwait I Know” (June 2008, creative non-fiction); “Embracing the Bustle” (May 2008, essay); “Looking Outwards” April 2008, essay); “The Trader’s Children” (March 2008, fiction); “A Billion Years in Every Handful” (February 2008, creative non-fiction); “40” (January 2008, creative non-fiction); “King of the Roundabout” (November 2007, creative non-fiction)
The Kuwait Times (Various, 2007-2009, op-ed.)
Al-Watan Daily (Various, 2009, op-ed.)
Cadenza: “On a bench, beside myself” (2004, poem)
The Private Lantern: “The Narrows” (2004, poem)
The Private Lantern: “Apex” (2004, poem)
Tea for Three: “Cider’s End” (2003, poem)
The Crown: (Various, 1998-1999, editor of monthly university newspaper at Redeemer University College, articles, op-ed.)
Redeemer Reflections: (Various, 1997, articles)