--I write regularly for Women We Read This Week
@ Prairie Schooner Blog
A monthly column called "Old Reading"
@ Broad Street
--Dale Flynn's Blood
@ Silk Road Review
--There Is Some of That Girl In Us
@ Washington State Magazine
@ Los Angeles Review of Books
@ Los Angeles Review of Books
@ Narrative Magazine
@ Tinge Magazine
@ Paper Darts Art + Lit
@ The Montreal Review
-- Hurt Talk
@ GHLL XXIV (2013)
I'm a professor of literature and creative writing at Washington State University. I've spent a good deal of my life studying the poetry of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain.
My theory of wilderness backpacking is this: for every day on the trail, you get two days of post-wilderness high. Backpacking gives me an out-of-body experience, and I do it as often as I can.
I think teaching and learning are humans' two great gifts. The most exquisite forms of communication happen in that little petri dish called the classroom, whether the classroom is in a school, a field, a bedroom, a car, or a dream.
I live in Moscow, Idaho and in Chicago, where my husband works. Our daughter lives in Vancouver, B.C. We have a lot of free airline miles.
I hold a PhD from the University of Arizona in British literature and an MFA from Bennington College in creative nonfiction. After fifteen years of writing about literature, I wanted to learn how to write literature. Still learning.
Whenever I can, I collaborate. I need to spend time a good deal of time alone, too.
Mansfield Conference, University of Montana, Missoula, September 7-11, 2014
The Land Speaks I and II, Oral History Conference, Madison, Wisconsin, October 9-12, 2014
A Mosiac of Wilderness Stoires, National Wilderness Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 15-19, 2014
National Council on Public History, “Sustainable Public History,” Monterey, California, March 19-22, 2014.
“Voices of the Selway-Bitterroot,” Herrett Forum Speaker Series, Southern Idaho College, Twin Falls, Idaho, October 16, 2013.
“Rewilding the West,” Stanford University, Bill Lane Center for the American West, October 29, 2013.
“The Storied Wilderness,” Nez Perce-Clearwater Forest Supervisor’s Office, March 25, 2013.
“Reflections on Wilderness,” with Dennis Baird, Annual Meeting of the Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation, Missoula, Montana, & Lewiston, Idaho February 2 & 23, 2013.
"Up There." Creative nonfiction essay. Western Literature Association, Berkeley, CA, October 2013.
Discursive Transmission Roundtable, Modern Language Association, Boston, January 2013.
"Bitter Root," creative reading at NonfictionNow, Melbourne, Australia, November 2012.
Personal Blake,Bennington College Writing Seminars,June 20, 2012.
Interviewed for Presence in Absence: The Lengths We Go to Leave No TraceSage Magazine: Expanding Environmentalism (Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies)
Oral History and Environment: A Public Lands Roundtable, Oral History Association Conference, Denver, CO, October 2011.
Denny on the Edge,Western Literature Association, Missoula, MT, October 2011.
NEH We the People Grant for Cultural History of the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, 2010-2014.