b. 1996, Halifax, NS | @brenmccracken |

I’m a writer and critic from K'jipuktuk (Halifax, NS) currently living in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal, QC).
I’m an MA student at Concordia University, where I work in the areas of contemporary literature, ecocriticism, anthropocene studies and critical posthumanism. I’m working on a thesis project that investigates the ecological and speculative affordances of contemporary experimental prose.

I have also written extensively on independent music and art, with a particular interest in experimental genres and work from Atlantic Canada. My writing has appeared in Maisonneuve, Musicworks, This Magazine, Visual Arts News, and The Coast, Halifax’s alt-weekly, where I was a contributing writer. 

In 2020 I joined the jury of the Polaris Music Prize. 

I like zines, the radio, and the ocean. 

Curriculum Vitae 
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Against the Stream | Maisonneuve

Features and profiles 
Glenn Copeland’s Musical Rebirth | This Magazine
Cover Story: Zamani | The Coast
Arielle Twist’s becoming | The Coast  
Joseph Shabason’s patient unravelling | Musicworks 
Rae Spoon’s nature of things | The Coast
Dog Day’s not over yet | The Coast
Nap Eyes’ subjective science | The Coast 
Ursula Johnson vs. everyday cultural appropriation | Visual Arts News
Jeremy Dutcher: A beautiful archive of our people | The Coast  
Cover Story: Charlotte Day Wilson | The Coast
Fiver’s audible history | The Coast
Lido Pimienta is lit | The Coast 
OBEY X marks the spot | The Coast
Comedy of sharers | The Coast
Destroyer’s solo creation | The Coast
Old and Weird go their own way | The Coast   

on Eva Crocker’s All I Ask | Maisonneuve
on Jordan Moffatt’s U is for Upside-Down House | Maisonneuve
on Billy-Ray Belcourt’s NDN Coping Mechanisms | Maisonneuve
on OBEY Convention XII | Musicworks