New Essay in Print

Cover of the 30th Anniversary Issue of  Sycamore Review . Artwork by Marianne Boruch.

Cover of the 30th Anniversary Issue of Sycamore Review. Artwork by Marianne Boruch.

My newest essay, “Patterning,” appears in the current issue of Sycamore Review, Vol. 30.1. The essay was a finalist for the 2018 Wabash Prize in Nonfiction. “Patterning” explores my ambivalence toward religion, the responsibilities of motherhood, and the ways we make meaningful choices.

This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of publication for Sycamore Review, the internationally acclaimed literary journal for Purdue University. The issue includes the prizewinning essay, “Epiphany,” by Jo-Anne Berelowitz and the Runner Up, “Listening Room,” by Jeff Albers. I am pleased that my essay has found a home among such thoughtful work.

An Essay and a Poem

Cover of the The Florida Review, Issue 41.2

My newest essay, "Body of Water," has just been released in the Fall 2017 issue of The Florida Review (Issue 41.2). I am thrilled to see my work alongside an essay by Nancy McCabe, one of my mentors in the Spalding MFA Program. I explored the process of writing "Body of Water" in my previous blog post,The Middle Stage. After three years of work, it is gratifying to see the essay in print.

The Florida Review is the journal for the University of Central Florida and has been in publication since 1975. It was a pleasure to work with the editorial staff, and I am grateful for my inclusion in this issue. To support the ongoing work of this fantastic journal, purchase the issue here

Late 2017 also marked a milestone in my career with the publication of my first poem, "In the Sound." The poem was featured on the website of Seattle's Poetry on Buses program on December 16th. For one year, the website features a poem each day on the theme, "Your Body of Water." Select poems appear on buses and other transit options throughout the city through April 2018.

On a final note, the essay and poem are literary siblings. Both pieces feature the life and stories of my dear, late father-in-law Jim.

New Essay

My essay, "Fury," was recently published in Issue 32 of Blue Mesa Review. "Fury" was a finalist in the 2015 Summer Nonfiction contest, judged by Wendy Ortiz, and appears in the issue with the  prizewinning essays by Sue William Silverman and Tom Pyun. In addition to striking fiction and poetry, the issue also contains interviews with prose writer Debra Monroe and poet Natalie Scenters-Zapico. Blue Mesa Review, the literary journal of The University of New Mexico, publishes work and art that engages the stark reality of our world. In the introduction to Issue 32, Editor-in-chief Brenna Gomez writes, "I can’t promise you comfort or healing, but this beautiful collection of sometimes dark work reflects the world we now live in. These pieces are meant to be read and felt now."


Blue Mesa Review also features contemporary art in each issue and pairs each image with a piece of writing. I was honored to have my essay coupled with this amazing painting by artist, graphic designer, and musician Eric Guenette. Details below.

"United Citizens" 2015 - Artist: Eric Guenette

60"x 36" Mixed media and canvas (framed)

To view more artwork by Eric Guenette, visit his art page, where he has several paintings, including "United Citizens," for sale.

Latest and Greatest - September 2015

September was a lively month for me as a teacher, a writer, and a reader. I taught my first workshop, "Motherhood on the Page: Read and Write the Mothering Experience," on Saturday, September 26th. The nine women in attendance jumped into writing and sharing with gusto; they revealed insights about themselves and their relationship to motherhood and read some striking writing on the myriad conflicts of motherhood. The participants exceeded my expectations by deciding to form an ongoing writing group to elicit new work and share their experiences! I am excited to see what develops at the next workshop on October 17th at the Columbia Library.  I learned in September that my essay, "Notes on Machinery," won Third Place in the Northern Colorado Writers 2015 Personal Essay/Creative Nonfiction contest, judged by BK Loren. The essay, originally published in The Louisville Review, will appear in Pooled Ink: Celebrating the 2015 NCW Contest Winners (due out by December 1, 2015).

Perhaps the most galvanizing event of the month was the reading given by Saul Williams through Seattle Arts and Lectures. Performing poems from his new book, US (a.), which also includes two plays, Williams was an electric and outspoken performer, challenging himself and the audience to question the hypocrisy, inequality, and indifference of our culture. He pitched his poems to the audience at a fast pace, the rhythms complex and compelling and contagious. My mind enjoyed the delicious struggle of trying to keep up, to make sense and how, just after the final beat of the poem, the meaning would coalesce and pop.

With my oldest child now in school, I return to the comforting structure of the school year calendar, which I could never quite shed after completing my own education. I am grateful to begin the year with momentum gained over the last few weeks.

Honorable Mention

I was delighted to learn that my essay, "A Grief Unraveled," was selected for Honorable Mention in the 38th New Millenium Writing's competition for best nonfiction. New Millenium Writings also gives awards for poetry, fiction, and short-short fiction. Congratulations to the winners and honorees of each competition, whose names are listed on the New Millenium Writings site. The winning pieces will appear in the 2016 print issue. "A Grief Unraveled" explores the nature of grief through the lens of knitting, how the creative process of handwork enables us to process loss still lodged in the body. Read the full essay in the online journal, Front Porch, where it was originally published in 2013.

Essay in The Louisville Review

The Louisville Review Vol 75 Cover Image
The Louisville Review Vol 75 Cover Image

My essay, "Notes on Machinery," appears in the latest issue of The Louisville Review (Vol 75). The essay examines the creative impulse, noting the role that rhythm and mechanism play in the creative process. I am pleased to see my work alongside that of Molly Peacock and Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, two women whom I admire immensely for their creative work and their passion for teaching and the written word. In addition, "Notes on Machinery" is the first essay completed, start to finish, since I returned to writing after the birth of my second daughter.

This issue of The Louisville Review features the work of many Kentucky writers, most prominently Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker. Volume 75 is available online. You can also purchase a print copy on the The Louisville Review site.

A Celebration of Washington Artists


My essay, "Bounty and Burden," is currently on display in the new exhibit, A Celebration of Washington Artists. The show includes visual, media, and literary art by graduates of Artist Trust's EDGE Professional Development Program.  View the exhibit daily at the Washington State Convention Center between 7:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.  Also, join us on Friday, September 7 for a reception with readings and film screenings.

Award for Short Prose


I am thrilled to announce that my essay, "Bounty and Burden," has won the Teresa A. White Award.  The essay will appear in the upcoming print edition of Quiddity.  Here is more information about the journal:

"Quiddity is a multimedia arts venue featuring an international literary journal (print and audio), a public-radio program, and a visiting writer and artist series. . . . The term quiddity means “the real nature or essence of a thing; that which makes it what it is. Because those who participate in the arts—crafters, readers, viewers, listeners—are its quiddity, the venue Quiddity seeks not only work from a wide and diverse pool of individuals but also to share that work with a wide audience.”

Thank you to Quiddity and Editor Joanna Beth Tweedy for the honor.