I’m a poet and writer who lives at the end of the road in Alaska. Prior to landing in Alaska, I lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns, pursuing many different professions from tapestry weaving to arts administration.
I earned my MFA from the Rainier Writer’s Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University in 2009. I received the Rona Jaffe Scholarship in poetry for the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference in 2010. In 2013, I was awarded a Rasmuson Foundation Fellowship by the Rasmuson Foundation and a Connie Boochever Award by the Alaska State Council on the Arts. I was one of the inaugural recipients of the Alaska Literary Awards in 2014. I was awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center and the Willapa Bay Artist in Residency Program in 2014. In 2017, I was awarded a second Rasmuson Fellowship to work on my third book.
Currently, I am the executive director of the Storyknife Writers Retreat, a residency for women writers, and the director of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference. My work has most recently been published in Orion Magazine, EcoTheo Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Terrain: A Journal of the Built and Natural Environment, and Prairie Schooner.
Pause, Traveler, my first book-length collection, was released in 2013 by Boreal Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press, and my second book-length collection, Every Atom, was released by the same press in April 2018. Dancing Girl Press published my chapbook Boundaries in January 2018.
This site is meant to be a reflection of the myriad ways writing poetry influences the way a person lives his or her life, as well as compendium of book reviews and interesting ideas culled from the web.