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Overview


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Overview


At the heart of my stories is an examination of how people tighten their grip or unravel in the face of pain, uncertainty, and vulnerability.

 

published

Literal Latte, Nervy Girl,
Stringtown, Storyglossia
 

Shortlist The Masters Review
Volume V Anthology 2016

Shortlist Fish Publishing
Flash Fiction Prize 2016

Finalist GlimmerTrain's Award
for New Writers 2011

 

instructor

Portland Community College


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Professional affiliations

Sitka Center for Art & Ecology

National Advisory Council
of Graywolf Press

Advisory Council for Portland Arts & Lectures' Youth Programs

Gray Family Foundation

 

Education

MFA in fiction, Antioch University Los Angeles

AB in public policy, Duke University

I write Literary Fiction.

Through my characters' attempts to understand themselves and the world around them I am able to confront the complexities of being alive. Over the last five years, I've written and rewritten my first novel. It’s been a deep journey of writing, researching, revising and reimagining. The result, By Accident, is a character-driven work of literary fiction about motherhood, friendship, art and surrender.

For short bursts of inspiration I have been writing and teaching short stories and flash fiction.

I believe creativity is an unlimited resource.

I teach others in order to validate and elevate new voices. My students’ creativity, voice, and insight greatly influence the class dynamics and I encourage students to contribute and share in a safe and respectful environment.

I know creativity fuels introspection, action, and transformation.

I am an advocate for other artists and writers and the cultural conversation we engage in to heal, inspire, and ignite those around us. For many years, I've worked in literacy programs, arts in education coaching and facilitating roles, and as a writer-in-residence in schools, both urban and rural. 

I value multiple perspectives.

As an active member of my community, I've dedicated myself to creating space for emerging and experienced writers and artists to explore and be inspired. From my classroom experiences to my support of artist residencies and my commitment to independent presses, I believe in the power of voice and the importance of hearing, experiencing and understanding people of all backgrounds.