writer. Founder of voice & Vessel.
affiliate of amherst writers & artists.
While it's not fair to pigeonhole anyone into what their writing may or may not be “about,” writing does have a way of revealing what obsesses us. There are certain ideas and questions that keep bringing me back to language and story-making. Connectedness and spiritual roots/purpose, fueled by a deep well of restlessness, have shown up on my pages since I started keeping a journal in sixth grade. Those are fed by ongoing learning/wondering in myth, mysticism, creativity, and nature. I’m curious about how those spaces or practices can be a path between our individual voices and the “something more” that emerges in deep creative work.
Grounding that kind of learning in the world is something I tussle with. In 2017, my husband Carl and I took a big leap in that direction and bought over seven acres of land here in Michigan. We’ll be setting roots in a way we haven’t before, and I’m excited to create and learn with the earth and through the seasons.
writing as a practice
Guides, teachers, learning.
I believe any creative practice is part of an ongoing conversation. A lineage, in a way. I’ve been influenced by many creative spirits, especially the Amherst Writers & Artists community. My work as a workshop leader and creative ally wouldn’t be possible without Pat Schneider and others before her, such as Brenda Ueland.
In 2015, I became a Certified Leader of the Amherst Writers & Artists Method. It’s one of the most generative and welcoming approaches to writing that I’ve found, so I was thrilled to have a chance to share it with others. In 2016, I opened Voice & Vessel, a writing studio based in Michigan. I offer writing workshops, retreats, and one-on-one writing coaching here in the mitten state and online. I also lead a writing circle meetup in Grand Rapids.
I don’t have the MFA that feels so ever-present these days. Instead, you could say I’m creating a “program of one’s own,” to borrow from Virginia Woolf. I completed workshops at The Writing Salon and The Grotto while living in San Francisco. I also studied with Diane Wakoski at Michigan State University, am an alum of the wonderful Poets on the Coast, and was selected by Marge Piercy to participate in her 2013 Poetry Intensive. In 2017, I completed the Singing Over the Bones training with Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estés. I'm also actively studying mythology, psychology, and spirituality (especially my Celtic roots) through courses with folks like Sharon Blackie. I love to meet kindred spirits who are traveling their own paths in these areas, so please say hello if that's you!
My writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Tinderbox Poetry Journal, New Poetry from the Midwest, Bracken, An Alphabet of Embers, The Manifest-Station, Watershed Review, Cold Mountain Review, Menacing Hedge, Hermeneutic Chaos, and elsewhere. Here’s a more complete list of my latest writing out in the world.