About

about-3I’ve lived and worked on four of this earth’s seven continents – Europe, North America, Africa and Asia – and it’s been grand seeing so many parts of our globe.

 

I married a “foreigner” and  lived overseas for a decade. It’s made my life rich and complex. I write about those experiences,  about teaching journal writing to female inmates, and about my current location: Fargo, N.D. Much of my current work circles around the Netherlands which is the country my husband grew up in.

 

My book, So Many Africas: Six Years in a Zambian Village, won both the Autumn House Nonfiction Prize and the Sarton Women’s Literary Award.

 

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My work has been anthologized in Best Spiritual Writing 2012 (Penguin Books) and in Becoming: What Makes a Woman (University of Nebraska, 2012). My essays have been published in journals such as The Missouri Review, Gettysburg ReviewRiver Teeth, Pinch, Image and Brevity.

 

I was runner-up in the 23rd Annual Missouri Review Jeffry E. Smith Editors’ Prize and was thrilled to be  invited by River Teeth Journal  to read my essay, “Burial Cloth Removed” at the AWP 2014 Seattle Conference as part of the River Teeth 15th Anniversary Celebration.  Two of my essays were nominated for the Pushcart Prize and one of them was shortlisted. One of my essays was chosen as a Notable American Essay 2015.

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