My memoir, Goodbye, Sweet Girl, was published by HarperCollins in 2018. My essays have appeared in The New York Times Modern Love Column, Alaska Quarterly Review, Guernica, Gulf Coast, The Rumpus, Denver Quarterly, Slice, and many other literary and commercial magazines. My essay “It Will Look Like a Sunset” was selected for inclusion in The Best American Essays 2015, and other essays have been listed as notables in The Best American Essays 2013, 2016, and 2018. I have a PhD in creative nonfiction from Ohio University, and I have been the recipient of fellowships or grants from Vermont Studio Center, A Room of Her Own Foundation, Dickinson House, and the National Endowment for the Arts. I am the single mother of one exceptionally funny teenager and an Assistant Professor of English at Ashland University in Ohio.
The American West is my first love, and I return whenever I can. My writing is heavily influenced by the landscape of the region I grew up in, and I’m particularly interested in environmental writing and the uneasy relationship between people and place.