Just another writer out of the gazillions salmoning it upstream toward the literary world of Oz. Works in progress: a novel, essays, short stories, poems. Poetry is my untamed state of being, and without it I'm not sure I'd be able to write in any other genre. 

Last Updated July 29, 2015   |   Blog, Reading (& Copying) to Write 

I was honored when my past employer, the Whidbey Institute, approached me about writing a short piece for their newsletter and blog, "Chinook Encounters," highlighting experiences people have had on their land. The result, "The Thread of a Place," can be found on their website.


I was selected as a finalist for the Russell & Rich Scholarship with Poets on the Coast, to be held September 11-13 in La Conner, WA.

With two others, my noun-to-verb conversion of the word "schadenfreude" won the quarterly "Back Talk: a Conversation about Words" over at The American Scholar. Ralph Keyes chose the winners. 

My short story, "Their Hearts Were Bronze," has tied for 1st place in the fiction category in the Whidbey Island Writer's Association's 2013 Spirit of Writing Contest.  

short piece I submitted about "The Place Where You Live," featuring my home of Whidbey Island, will appear in the January/February 2014 issue of Orion Magazine.

I was interviewed by Katie Woodzick at Hedgebrook, the women's writing retreat on Whidbey Island, WA, about the craft of writing, poetry, and VORTEXT, their annual conference at the Whidbey Institute. Read it on the Hedgebrook blog.