“I want to catch words one day. I want to hold them then blow gently, watch them float right out of my hands.” – Jacqueline Woodson, brown girl dreaming
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I am proud to be represented by Joanna MacKenzie of the Nelson Literary Agency. The ideas and support she offers keep my fingers on the keyboard.

For a bit of history, in the literary community of Portland, Oregon, I immersed myself into writing—and most importantly, discovered the Amherst Writers and Artists method of workshop where my writer’s heart flourished. I began to publish short pieces. I joined the smart and creative women of VoiceCatcher and became an editor.

In 2010, having been certified in the Amherst Writers and Artists method, I co-founded the literary arts organization PDX Writers, LLP, and for thirteen years offered workshops, retreats and editorial services to a strong community of writers. During that time, I co-founded Liars’ League PDX, bringing together writers and actors to showcase literature at Oregon Literary Arts.

I received the 2008 Oregon Literary Arts Friends of the Lake Oswego Library William Stafford Fellowship for fiction and was a 2015 Fishtrap Summer Fellow. I received two 2018 Regional Arts and Culture Council grants: a Project Grant for my novel in progress, The Wise Silence, and a professional development grant to attend Boston’s Muse and Marketplace Literary Conference.

I am a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association as well as James River Writers, and I continue to review poetry for the American Journal of Nursing.