Office: Radford 204
I teach creative writing and write narrative nonfiction, personal essays, journalism, and poetry. My work has appeared in more than thirty-five publications in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Currently, I am writing a narrative nonfiction book that tells the stories of two women who fled poverty and personal crises in rural Nicaragua to settle in a lakeside squatter community in the sprawling capital, Managua. As these women and their families reinvent their lives in one of the world's most disaster-prone cities, they reveal both urban pioneers' inventive resilience and the web of challenges increasingly defining the planet's exploding metropolises: inequality, climate change, pollution, and disease. My research for this project has been supported by UW Oshkosh faculty development grants and a grant from the Society of Environmental Journalists.
- MFA, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Poetry (2002)
- BA, University of Wisconsin Madison, English and Environmental Studies (1996)
- Writing Across Cultures in Nicaragua
- Travel, Literature, and Culture
- Nature Writing
- Forms of Literary Nonfiction
- Introduction to Creative Writing
- Connect: Advanced Writing
- "Mango, Mango! Into the Heart of Central America's Largest Market." Orion. May/June & July/August 2014.
- "Last Word," "Bats," "Corn Moon" & "Natural Medicine." Terrain. Fall 2012.
- "Storms Without Names." Boston Review. February 2012.
- "Elsewhere." Crab Orchard Review. Winter/Spring 2012.
- "The Lake at the Bottom of the Bottom." Virginia Quarterly Review. Summer 2011.
- "Corn in Twenty-One Countries." Silk Road Review. Summer/Fall 2011.
- "Back Seat, Front Seat." Witness. Summer 2011.
- "Of Monarchs & Men." Flyway. Spring 2011.