I'm a writer, public servant, naturalist, and mom to three teenage boys. After working in the environmental field for more than fifteen years, I left my cubicle in 2016 to hike the 500-mile Colorado Trail with my husband and sons, twenty years after my husband and I first hiked the trail. Over the next two years, I wrote a book about the two hikes, the changes that had taken place in Colorado and in myself during the intervening two decades, and the environmental history of the Southern Rockies. I'm now looking for a home for my book, Uphill Both Ways, and I've returned to public service.
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 essays and short stories have 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 Stonecoast, University of Southern Maine. I've also trained as a Maine Master Naturalist and am a member of the Maine Master Naturalist Program board of directors
I provide writing and editing services, teach workshops in nature writing and nature journaling at nonprofits around Maine, and I'm a senior editor and Literary Reflections co-editor at Literary Mama.
I live with my family in Central Maine.
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