b. 1996, Halifax, NS | @brenmccracken |

I am a student and writer from K'jipuktuk (Halifax, NS) currently living in Tiohtià:ke (Montréal, QC).
I am an M.A. student at Concordia University, where I study 20th and 21st century literature, critical theory, Anthropocene studies, and critical posthumanism. My thesis project intervenes in these fields to argue for the speculative affordances of realist prose and interrogate “ecology” as a model for indexing responsible forms of relation, organizing, and future-making. 

At Concordia, I currently run social media communications for the Milieux Institute and am an active member of working groups on decolonial ecological thought, representing the Anthropocene, and the Romantic fragment

I am also a writer and critic and have 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 (selected)
Debby Friday’s energy potential | Musicworks 
Markus Floats’ motion emotion | Musicworks 
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   

Reviews (selected)
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