I write narrative nonfiction and poetry. I write to claim my feelings, allowing me to do with them what I need, to affirm and sit with myself in ways I couldn't otherwise, and to inspire others. My work has appeared or is forthcoming in About Place Journal, 34th Parallel Magazine, Jellyfish Review, 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 am currently querying agents and publishers with my memoir, the story of how I went from LA party girl to Alaska trail worker, all while battling emotional demons, such as suicide ideation and abuse from a parent. I'm also a frequent podcast guest and workshop presenter on finding healing and affirmation through writing, as well showing vulnerability on the page.
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. See, I'm from a family of businessmen and engineers, where things are black and white, there is exactly one answer, and being a creative isn't encouraged. I'd come back to writing 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, as well as board member at-large at Oregon Poetry Association.
When not wrangling my two small children, most of my time is spent fantasizing about being interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air.
Finalist, Fishtrap Fellowship, 2020
Honorable Mention, Oregon Poets Association Fall 2019 contest
Finalist, 2017, Pacific Northwest Writers Association contest (memoir)