Creative Writing


Art by Tessa Hulls for On the Boards

Recent Projects

2016/2017 Writer Ambassador, On the Boards Seattle. At this contemporary performing arts collective in Seattle, my critical responses to the season’s performances create a bridge of dialogue between artists and the community. Watch this space for five creative responses and an artist profile throughout the season:

2015/2016 Pongo Poetry Mentor, Washington Child Study and Treatment Center and King County juvenile detention.

2016/2017 Alumni Ambassador, University of Washington, Bothell MFA Creative Writing and Poetics program.

2016 LitCrawl Reading: Father, Mother, Other. Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Seattle. Selected as a Crosscut pick.


First Runner Up, Red Hen Press Nonfiction Award, California Calling, January 2017

Finalist, Autumn House Press book manuscript contest, for my memoir manuscript California Calling, June 2016.

April 2016, honorable mention, “There Is But One Choice: Confession or Some Form of Extinction,” AWP Intro Journals Project.

Winner of the Pacific Northwest Writers Association 2013 Literary Contest, 1st Prize Memoir/Nonfiction, “California Calling.”

Winner of the Alligator Juniper 2013 Nonfiction Writing Contest, “How to Be Analog.”

“A Kingdom Like No Other” – Second Place Winner in the 2011 Nonfiction Writing Contest at Torrey House Press

Publications & Readings

Essay “Ghost in the Mall” included in the anthology Love & Profanity: A Collection of True, Tortured, Wild, Hilarious, Concise, and Intense Tales of Teenage Life, March 2015.

Public reading, March 2016, International Women’s Day, Northwest Film Forum Seattle.

Public reading, “Lucky 13,” November 2015, Ballard Writers Collective.

Creative/critical essay “Bernadette and Me,” Literary Mama, October 2015.

Poetry/word play, Clamor: “Mother,” “Does California Know How to Party?”

Essay, “My Husband Was Laid Off …” Washington Post, September 2015.

Essay, “Babyshusher,” Full Grown People, August 2015

Essay, “Movie Night,” Brain, Child, July 2015

Essays, Huffington Post, 2014

“The Deer on This Path Has Something to Say,” This Great Society.

We Came to Say: A Collection of Memoir and We Came Back to Say: A Collection of Memoir, essays included.

Other publications:

“True to the Bones,” Anthology of Literary Fiction 2010-2011, University of Washington

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