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!
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.