• MFA, Creative Writing, Rainier Writing Workshop, Pacific Lutheran University, 2009
  • B.A., American Studies, Whitworth University, 1992, summa cum laude

Current Positions


  • Case study on editing, Invisible Art: A Field Guide to Literary Editing (forthcoming)
  • Memoir, The Solace of Stones: Finding a Way through Wilderness (University of Nebraska Press 2016)
  • Essay, “Shadow Animals,” The Georgia Review, Fall 2013; received a Special Mention in The Pushcart Prize XXXIX: Best of the Small Presses 2015, nominated for a National Magazine Award

Online Publications

Essays about Writing


Selected Readings

Other Literary Citizenship

  • Manuscript Review, University of Nebraska Press, 2018
  • Nonfiction Judge, Annual Kenai Peninsula Writers’ Contest, 2014
  • Essay Contest Screener, Annual Artsmith Literary Award, 2008-2012

Teaching Experience

  • Guest Instructor, English Department, Whitworth University:

EL-344 Personal Narrative
EL-347 Creative Nonfiction Writing
EL-348 Literary Editing & Design
EL-444 Advanced Writing Workshop
EL-498 Senior Portfolio

Employment History

  • Associate editor of Whitworth Today magazine, Whitworth University, 2009-17
  • Public Information Officer & Assistant Editor of Whitworth Today, Whitworth University, 1998-2008
  • Features Correspondent, The Spokesman-Review, 1998-99
  • Court Reporter and Photo Archivist, The Spokesman-Review, 1995-98
  • Editorial Assistant/Reporter, Journal of Business, 1994
  • English Speech and Composition Instructor, Shikoku Gakuin University, Japan, 1993-94