I am a poet, an essayist, MFA low-residency faculty, editor, and amateur photographer living in Colorado.
I have published six books; my last book, Slow Arrow: Unearthing the Frail Children, a collection of braided essays published by Saddle Road Press , won the Bronze Medal in Essay by the 2020 Independent Publisher Book Awards and was a Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards Finalist and Colorado Author League Writing Awards Finalists.
My chapbook, Flying Beneath the Dog Star: Poems from the Pandemic, is a semi-finalist for 2020/2021 Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition and will be published January 2022. Over 400 women poets submitted chapbooks to the contest. Flying Beneath the Dog Star will be published with 13 other winners, honorable mentions and semi-finalists. Pre-order by November 20th as this is a limited, presales driven run.
I photograph birds, plants, insects, rocks, whatever catches me, along the South Platte River and in Teller County along Phantom Canyon Road. I have started publishing my photos. Heron and Ducks at Eaglewatch Lake was recently chosen as a selected entry for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Make a Splash contest. You can find my photos here.
I am an editor for a new press: The Humble Essayist Press. Based on the late Judith Kitchen’s model for The Ovenbird Press, (THE) Press is a publication platform for books of personal prose written by established authors who are producing a serious body of work over a lifetime. It specializes in books considered too risky commercially for mainstream publishers. Authors submit by invitation only and are chosen based on the quality of the manuscript, the strength of their past publications, and the contributions they have made as teachers, writers, and critics in the genres of personal essay and memoir.
This spring, we published Joe Mackall’s, Yesterday’s Noise: A Family Legacy of Rage and Radiance, Annie Dawid’s , Put Off My Sackcloth: Essays. Mary Woster Haug’s new book, Out of Loneliness: A Memoir of Murder and Transformation will be published this coming summer. Check out THE Press.
Currently, I teach poetry and creative nonfiction for the Regis University’s Mile-Hi MFA program.
We have two wild life cameras on our land, in special gullies that animals seems to feel protected in. From those cameras, I have seen bobcat and mountain lion, bear and elk and other creatures I never knew lived in our small plot of land.
Scientists estimate that 90% of Europeans and Americans don’t know the natural night sky, so I am grateful I have had the opportunity to hear a coyote crescendo at any time of the night or to see the far snow of a mountain peak burn at dawn or watch the haze of that Silver River/Way of Birds/Sea of Milk that we call the Milky Way.
I hope in my own small way through my writing and photography to keep the flame lit for this beautiful still wild world that needs our respect, our love, our help.
Slow Arrow News
Slow Arrow: Unearthing the Frail Children wins the 2020 Independent Publishers Book Award Bronze Medal in Creative Nonfiction/ Essay.
Upcoming Publication News
.Upcoming work will appear in River Teeth Journal, Split Rock Review and IPPY
Flying Beneath the Dog Star Chapbook Presales until November 29th
Pre-0RDERS are open for, Flying Beneath the Dog Star, to be published by Finishing Line Press Jan 21, 2022 as part of its open chapbook contest.