I am a poet who fell in love with creative nonfiction. I have written six books: Slow Arrow: Unearthing the Frail Children, my most recent collection of essays, was published by Saddle Road Press in March 2020 and was awarded the 2020 Independent Publishers Book Award Bronze Medal in Creative Nonfiction/ Essay. Phantom Canyon: Essays of Reclamation, my first collection of lyric essays, was a finalist in the Foreword Reviews 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards. My first poetry book, Air Into Breath, was the winner of the Colorado Book Award in Poetry. I also have written teacher resource books. One on poetry, Stepping Sideways into Poetry, published by Scholastic, and two on online teaching and learning for McGraw Hill.

My essays have been noted in Best American Essays, and published in journals and anthologies including Arts & Letters, Fourth Genre, Hotel Amerika, River Teeth, The Florida Review, Essay Daily, and The Fourth Genre: Contemporary Writers of/on Creative Nonfiction, 6th edition.

My poetry has received three Pushcart Prize nominations and a Special Mention in Pushcart Prize XXXVIII. Poems have won the Chautauqua Literary Journal’s Poetry contest on War and Peace and the Writers Digest Annual Writing Competition for non-rhyming poetry and appeared over the years in numerous literary journals, including The New Yorker (a long time ago!) . 

I also have published numerous articles and essays in publications such as Iris: A Journal About Women, Bloomsbury Review, The Herb Companion, Mountain Living, Natural Homes Magazine,Winds of Change and Converge Magazine, as well as children’s stories and poems in Cricket magazine and Shoofly: An Audio Magazine for Children.

I ‘ve been the recipient of a Colorado Artist Fellowship in Poetry, a Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute Associateship, and a co-winner of a Colorado Endowment for The Humanities Grant. I earned my Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Denver and a M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Iowa. I have taught creative writing for over 35 years to writers of all ages and experience. During my years teaching full-time for the community college, I also taught graduate students in Ashland University’s low residency MFA program. I currently teach poetry and creative nonfiction for Regis University’s Mile-High MFA program.

And, I’m so happy to say, I just earned my Audubon Community Naturalist Certificate!

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Me and Izzy