Writing saved my life. When I was in college and the world came crashing down, as most of our worlds will at sometime or another, I wrote. About nothing. About everything. When it all fell apart, it was the pen that held me to the ground and brought me to my truth.
Twenty years later, I continue to swing between the companion arts of Life and Writing.
I write, teach, and speak about the power of writing and personal leadership throughout the Twin Cities, including at the University of Minnesota and the Loft Literary Center. My writing has been featured in Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, MPR’s Public Insight Network, Mamapedia, Minnesota Women’s Press, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Tinybuddha.com, and here at www.theartoflifeandwriting.com.
I have also written two novels: Blue, a young-YA literary novel, and Phoenix, a young adult novel for which I was awarded the 2016 Minnesota Emerging Writers Grant. I am currently drafting 1996, a memoir about the year I went to Australia and New Zealand with $500 in the back pocket of my Levi’s, a work permit, and no clue.
When I am not teaching or writing, I am on an adventure with my husband and two kids, roaming around the woods with my dogs Dharma and Fergus, or riding my yellow beach cruiser.
St. Anne’s Place, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota Transitions Charter High School, Minneapolis, MN
Regions Hospital, St. Paul, MN
Blooma, Edina, MN
Minneapolis Police Activities League (PAL), Minneapolis, MN