About Me

The short story

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 lornaadalyn@gmail.com. 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)


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Fancy List of publications



Congratulations! (in Literary Mama)

Refugee (in Rising Phoenix Review)

Open-Air Market (in A Quiet Courage)

The Disorder of Things (in Mothers Always Write)


Thumb as Utility (forthcoming in About Place Journal)

Arizona (memoir excerpt in Jellyfish Review)

Getting High (memoir excerpt in 34th Parallel Magazine, issue 58. Purchase it here)

Always Be The Months (in the 2018 anthology Washington's Emerging Writers. Purchase it here)

Why I Started Questioning What Pics Of My Kids I Post On Social Media (in Scary Mommy)

The Lesser (memoir excerpt in Cold Creek Review, December 2017 issue)

A Daughter and her Father (memoir excerpt in Red Fez)

Finding Home (memoir excerpt in Red Fez)

The Quiet Ones (in Moms and Stories)

The Wave (in The Good Life)

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Upcoming events

Nothing on the docket at the moment, due to the Corona virus. I am hunkering down with loved ones, focusing on writing, and weathering the storm. Take care of yourselves out there!