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Image by Paweł Czerwiński


I am a Portland, OR–based editor and published writer with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire and a Master of Fine Arts in Fiction from Boise State University, where I won the Glenn Balch Award in Fiction. I am a two-time attendee of the Tin House Summer Workshop and a member of the Northwest Editors Guild. My story Someplace South, Anywhere Warm was a Special Mention for the 2017 Pushcart Prize.


I have 20 years' experience working with writers of all proficiencies, from students and neophytes to professors and published authors, and in myriad genres.

I designed and taught college-level courses in introductory creative writing and rhetoric and worked volunteer positions teaching writing to students at both the elementary and high school levels.

In my day job, I am an editor for a scientific publisher and work closely with scientists from all over the globe.


I grew up in Minnesota and Wisconsin and still think of them as home in many ways. Minnesota's North Shore is one of my favorite places on the planet. And I have a bit of an unhealthy relationship with Minnesota sports team (as well as the Portland Timbers). I've also lived in Arizona, Tennessee, Idaho, and California and can tell you great things about all of them.

I love movies, science, anything to do with outer space, comic books, Superman, camping, photography (even though I'm barely a novice), and literary fiction, the short story, science fiction and fantasy, magical realism, and character-based writing no matter the genre.

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