"How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world."
enjoying words and the worlds they open
I live with my husband and our twin 9-year-old daughters in Boulder, Colorado, where we spend time playing in the outdoors and reading good writing.
As a writer and educator, I see literature as a place for children and teens to become comfortable with themselves. I use writing to explore what it means to be human and to help young people find understanding and belonging in their world.
After teaching high school English for fifteen years, I am now a full-time writer. I work on fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. Writing children's books is the focus of my work now, though I'm involved in various other intersections between education and writing. I wrote content for several English language arts text books (published by Perfection Learning) and on the more creative side, wrote a series of stories for a dance class for children called Stories that Move You, which was featured at Alchemy of Movement in Boulder. I also tutor students in writing, reading, and test preparation.
My essays have been published in Couloir Magazine, SlowTrains Literary Journal, and the Flatirons Literary Review. Most recently, my children's story "Dancing with Delaney" was published in an Irish magazine, The Caterpillar. I earned my B.A. in English from Colby College and my Master’s degree from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. Most recently, I received an Advanced Degree in Creative Writing as a 2015 Stony Brook University Children’s Literature Fellow.