Though progress always happens after my hours spent writing, it's still work that requires effort. Right? My wanting-perfect thing sometimes gets in the way, so I find it much more joyful to write with you lovely people in class, and encourage you in your projects!
I'm drawn to the connection that comes from writing, sharing and being brave within a small group. In 2006, I participated in several writing circles with Mary Sojourner, who gave us random prompts and said, "Write for thirty minutes. Keep your pen in motion. See you back here when you're done." As a new writer, I was amazed by what we produced on the fly and shared in these welcome spaces. Since then, I've dreamed about offering this exhilarating experience to others.
In 2017 I was so grateful to participate in the 5-month Wild Writing Teacher Training directed by writing guru Laurie Wagner, who has for 20+ years offered hundreds (thousands?) of people her unique brand of "freedom writing". Her process is magical-- and it's definitely making the world a better place. Laurie's encouragement and creative brilliance have helped me become a much better writer, teacher and human.
In recent years, as adjunct writing instructor at Pima Community College, I gained so much from working with young adult writers (who didn't know they were writers, or didn't particularly want to be writers!) It's also been fulfilling to write with so many bright and talented people in my classes at home, in Tucson libraries and Tucson-area community centers.
In 2007, my ultra-wonderful and creative husband, Patrick, and I produced Monsoon Voices Live Literary Magazine, a submission-based reading series that celebrated the writing and music of Arizona artists. For two years, Monsoon Voices featured Pushcart Prize nominees, an Arizona Blues Hall of Fame inductee, and the distinguished work of over seventy writers and musicians. Those were two rich years, and I'd love to one day bring a new version of the event back to Tucson.
I hold an MFA in Writing (Fiction) from Pacific University, a BA in Studio Art/Photography from Scripps College, and a certificate in creative writing from Phoenix College.
I'm so grateful to my lovely mentors and writing friends who've helped and supported me all this way.