I write and teach from nearly 9,000 feet above sea level in Crested Butte, Colorado. I came here in 2010 by way of packing everything I could fit into my Mazda Protoge5 (it wasn’t much) and driving west from Minneapolis. I wanted to learn what it’s like to live in a land governed by snow and thin air. Now, I’m a mountain biker, climber, and skier–and I believe that reinvention is always possible, for individuals and organizations.
My creative writing and journalism explore life through the backdrop of mountain living. My work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Dirt Rag Magazine, Mountain Gazette, and Green Woman Magazine among other publications. I have been an associate editor at The Crested Butte News, where my articles have been recognized by the Colorado Press Association in the categories of best sports column, best environmental writing, and best series. My essay “Don’t Look Down” won the 2011 FundsforWriters contest.
I also consult with non-profit and corporate clients in a number of roles, drawing on my experience as an account supervisor and writer in marketing and graphic design to help develop communications and messaging. I’m a regular contributor to Wilderness News and Canoeing.com.
I’m also lucky enough to teach, both as the founder of WritingStrides and as a writing mentor for the Western Connecticut State University MFA in Creative & Professional Writing, where I earned my MFA from WCSU in 2010.