Busy reading, circa 1984

Busy reading, circa 1984

My essays, travel writing and creative nonfiction have appeared in a variety of magazines and literary journals, including AFAR, Brevity, Guernica, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, Longreads, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Ninth Letter and Shenandoah. My essays have been anthologized in Best Women's Travel Writing, Lonely Planet's An Innocent Abroad and Capstone Press's Love & Profanity, and have won The Missouri Review audio competition for prose, Best American Essays notables, and Pushcart Prize Special Mention. 

I grew up in northern Wisconsin, in a town of less than 1,000 people, in a county of over 1,000 lakes. My first trip abroad was to the Czech Republic, where "Vodicka" means "little water." Since then, I have lived on the East Coast and West, in South America and Spain, and most recently, the island nation of Palau, in Western Micronesia. I earned a BA in English and Spanish from Tufts University and an MFA creative writing from the University of Idaho, where I taught composition and creative nonfiction for three years. I currently teach and write from Seattle, where I am at work on my first book.

I am grateful for generous grant support from Artist Trust, the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, and the Barbara Deming Memorial/Money for Women Fund. Deepest gratitude also goes to the artist residencies who have supported my work through a 2015 Vermont Studio Center Fellowship and a 2017 residency at Hedgebrook.