Although I am originally from the mid-West, I have lived in Portland, Oregon for twelve years.
I have spent that time involved in many aspects of the local writing and publishing community. As Managing Editor at Beyond Words Publishing, I edited and compiled many award-winning books.
Currently I continue to write, edit, and teach writing at the college level. I am also an advocate for enhancing Creative Writing Curriculum in public schools.
I hold a Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Brigham Young University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College.
I believe that writing is both a creative and an analytical endeavor, and that excellent writing contains aspects of both.