I write narrative nonfiction and poetry. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in 34th Parallel Magazine, Rising Phoenix Review, Jellyfish Review, the 2018 anthology Washington's Emerging Writers, and elsewhere. My writing has been recognized by the Pacific Northwest Writers Association and the Oregon Poets Association, for which I am grateful. I have been a guest blogger at Literary Mama, and am a regular contributor to The Good Men Project. I recently completed my first book-length work, a memoir, and am currently querying agents. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd love to hear from you!
The long story
I've always had a rich internal world, and I've been writing for most of my life. When I was in 3rd grade, I won a young author award for a short story titled The Gingerbreads. Buoyed by early literary success, I followed it up with a sequel, The Cake with the Gingerbreads. As I got older, life got in the way, and I stopped writing. I'd come back to it intermittently, then drift away again. I graduated college and began a career in corporate America. It wasn't until a decade later when I stopped flirting with writing and got serious. By then I was a new mom, and I started writing about motherhood. I got involved with Write On The River, a literary arts nonprofit supporting writers in North Central Washington. I started calling myself a writer. I went to workshops and readings. I met other writers and talked about writing and fell in love with the craft. It felt like coming home. Today, I write narrative nonfiction and poetry. I am also President of Write On The River.
When not wrangling my two small children, most of my time is spent fantasizing about being interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air.
Honorable Mention, Oregon Poets Association Fall 2019 contest
Finalist, 2017, Pacific Northwest Writers Association contest (memoir)
Arizona (in Jellyfish Review)
Getting High (in 34th Parallel Magazine, issue 58. Purchase it here)
Always Be The Months (in the 2018 anthology Washington's Emerging Writers. Purchase it here)
The Lesser (in Cold Creek Review, December 2017 issue)
A Daughter and her Father (in Red Fez)
Finding Home (in Red Fez)
The Quiet Ones (in Moms and Stories)
The Wave (in The Good Life)
Join me at two upcoming speaking engagements: 1. Learn more about my journey from a shy little girl to wife, mother, and writer. I am honored to be a part of Julie Aynn's Inspiring Stories speaker series. “We write to claim, to affirm, to inspire. We write to define the dark, and give shape and celebration to the light.” Facebook invite here: https://www.facebook.com/events/466548327345170/. 2. Join me on February 27 at Milepost 111 in Cashmere for Write On The River's quarterly open mic. I will be reading a recent essay. Doors open at 6:30pm, with readings starting at 7. Full menu available all night long. And, as always, thank you for your support!
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