About

About The Blogger

My name is Gersande La Flèche. I'm a 27-year-old writer, artist and programmer currently living in Tiohtià:ke / Montréal, Québec. I have Breton, Colombian, Italian, and Québecois-Irish ancestry, and I speak French, Spanish and English mostly fluently.

In 2016 I completed an undergraduate degree in Creative Writing from Concordia University. I wrote a little bit about it here. I do not have any current plans for pursuing an MFA or another degree, though that can always change in the future.

I am a nonbinary transgender person who uses they pronouns in English. For a grammar guide, check out pronoun.is/they. En français je préfère qu'on utilise les accords épicènes quand possible.

On this website I post short essays and blog posts, and I try to use this space for personal reflection and experimentation. This blog is something of a portfolio of my work as a multi-disciplinary artist and writer who is particularly interested in the environment, technology, literature, and anti-oppression. It is also frequently a place for works-in-progress, drafts, and rants. Typos are normal. So are half-baked ideas.

Why is this blog in English? I studied in English-language universities, and when I first started this blog in 2010, I used to post a lot of class notes and observations and poems, and English sort of took over. My twitter is mostly in English too. For a long time, the language of the internet was English. I'm beginning the process of translating some of my more popular posts into French, so wish me luck!


Coding Advocacy

Before I decided to focus on a career in writing and editing/translation, I worked as a web developer and a programmer. Between 2012-2014 I co-founded and worked on the not-for-profit Kids Code Jeunesse here in Canada, where I taught children how to make websites and small web-based videogames. My work on Kids Code Jeunesse meant that I often appeared in the media here in Canada. While I left the "Learn To Code" movement to focus on my university studies, I still like to work on the periphery of tech community groups, such as with the Mont Royal Games Society (MRGS) and Games Curious Montréal.


Photography

I'm an amateur photographer and you can follow my photography on instagram or on 500px.

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