After working as a public servant in the environmental field for more than fifteen years, I left my cubicle in 2016 and hiked the 500-mile Colorado Trail with my husband and three sons, twenty years after my husband and I hiked the same trail together. I'm now writing a book about the two hikes and the environmental history of Colorado.
I also freelance for magazines and write essays and short stories. Through my writing, I explore the connections between humans and nature, embrace the extremes of the motherhood experience, and confront the emotional effects of environmental contamination. My work has appeared in Orion, Brain, Child Magazine, Saltfront, Snowy Egret, The Maine Review, Zoomorphic, and About Place Journal, among other publications.
I received a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Southern Maine's Stonecoast program.
As a Maine Master Naturalist Volunteer I teach workshops in nature writing and nature journaling at nonprofits around Maine and am a member of the Maine Master Naturalist Program board. I am a senior editor and co-editor of the Literary Reflections department at the journal Literary Mama. I also provide writing and editing services.
I live off the grid in Central Maine in a house built and kept warm by my husband. My sons, now 16, 12, and 12 continue to inspire my writing and my life.
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