Thirteenth Annual Traveler’s Tales Writing Contest, Solas Gold Award for Best Family Travel Story of the Year for “Of Dreams and Ruins”, March, 2019. This is the story of travels through Northern Peru with our children, in search of ruins—and solace from loss.
“Adrift at Sea” is now out in Zyzzyva, a San Francisco journal of arts and letters, No. 114, Winter 2018. A look at those that have been lost, found, and how we care for those who need a second chance.
Order at Zyzzyva (No. 114 Winter 2018)
“Downwind”, just published in Camas Magazine: The Nature of the West, Winter 2018 themed issue- Fragility. The University of Montana’s Environmental Studies Program’s literary magazine celebrates the landscapes and traditions of art and literature in the American West.
This creative nonfiction contemplates the fragility of health in light of environmental and geological threats and the cultural resilience needed to live with uncertainty.
Rainy summer days in southern Honshu, hiking in the Olympic Mountains, joining fellow writers at Fort Worden for the Port Townsend Writers Conference. Summer: time for reflection and renewed energy to create.
As the season turns, looking forward to vicarious travels through World History with my students this year.
How can you condense the story of a life, recorded as novel, into a short poem? My attempt is "The Rocker", just out, in Weaving the Terrain: 100-Word Southwestern Poems, Dos Gatos Press, Albuquerque, 2018. It is a depiction of a time of despair during my grandmother's girlhood in the early 1900's in the Jornada del Muerto, New Mexico.
Lupine clinging to a sandy cliff side at Wild Beach, Fort Worden State Park
Family reunion and total eclipse watch in Madras, OR. Stunned by the universe!
Upon coming back, a return to school, and as the garden offers its last gifts, I am starting anew in my teaching. Heading inward as the nights cool down, the hours of sunlight wane, and I grapple with questions around how we best learn.
Snapdragon: A Journal of At and Healing just published a version of my essay, Forgetting, in the Fall 2017 Issue 3.3 of the online journal entitled 'Remember'. I am flooded with memories of my dear aunt as I write to honor her. Go the the Snapdragon website to check it out.
Honored to receive the Pacific Northwest Writers Association's first place award for Short Topics/Essay on July 22 in Seattle. It's been a great summer for navigating the waters of Puget Sound and Writing!
My creative nonfiction essay, 'Learning from Doves' examining our relationship with history from a teacher's perspective, by taking lessons from Sarajevo, can be read in Issue 07 (Spring/Summer 2017) of Still Harbor's Anchor Magazine: Where Spirituality and Social Justice Meet.
My manuscript, The Ways of Water, based on my grandmother's coming-of-age in the turn-of-the-century Southwest, has been shortlisted for the Goethe Historical Fiction Award, Feb. 2017
"Honorarium Selachimorpha" published in Obra / Artifact January, 2017 literary journal. About a day at the beach after a tragic landslide while we were living Ecuador -- an excerpt from my memoir-in-essays in progress.