I’m a writer, teacher, editor, and mother (and wife and daughter and sister and friend…the list goes on and on). I write memoir, essays, and I’m currently working on my first novel.

I have spent the last decade writing about KHopper-Headshotmotherhood and reviewing motherhood literature that explores the dark side of motherhood, the humorous side, and the places where these two intersect. I love finding good writing that combats the myths of motherhood still perpetuated in our society  and speaks honestly about what it’s really like to be a mother.

I have an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota, where I taught literature and creative writing. I currently teach online and through other venues, including The Loft Literary Center, Madeline Island School of the Arts, and Ashland University’s Low-Residency MFA Program. I was an editor at Literary Mama for five years. Visit my teaching page to learn more about my upcoming classes.

I am the author of Ready for Air: A Journey Through Premature Motherhood, winner of a Midwest Book Award, and Use Your Words: A Writing Guide for Mothers. And I’m the co-author of Silent Running: Our Family’s Journey to the Finish Line with Autism (Triumph Books, April 2015.) My writing also has appeared in a number of magazines and journals, including Brevity, Literary Mama, Minnesota Parentnytimes.com, Poets & Writers, and the Minneapolis StarTribune.

I’ve been the recipient of a Fulbright Grant, a Gesell Summer Fellowship at the Anderson Center in Red Wing, Minnesota, a University of Minnesota English Department Outstanding Teacher Award for Graduate Assistants, a 2008 and a 2014 MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, and a 2011 Sustainable Arts Foundation Grant.

Welcome to my website! I hope you will find something of interest here. Please also visit my blog for an ongoing discussion about reading, writing and motherhood.