Graduating in 1968 with a BA in English from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota, I taught English in rural, urban, and suburban high schools, Stillwater Prison, and community and technical colleges. In 1976, I completed Master’s work in education at the University of Minnesota and administered Community Programs for its Extension Division. Raising three children in St. Paul, I bought, fixed-up, and maintained rental properties. Involved in my children’s education, I served on the St. Luke’s School Board and was the Chair of the Parent’s Advisory Board of the J. J. Hill Public School Magnet for the Gift and Talented. From 1999 to 2002, I served as the editor and publisher of River Images, a magazine showcasing artists and writers from the St. Croix River Valley in Minnesota and Wisconsin. In 2005, I received an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, where I taught literature, composition, and creative writing; in 2006, I taught and advised the undergraduate art and literary magazine, The Ivory Tower. For many years, I served on the Board of Hammer Residences, Inc., serving children and adults with development disabilities, and People, Inc., which provides community-integrated services and support for people with mental illness. For the last ten years, I’ve been teaching classes at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and at the Jewish Community Center in St. Paul, running short-short story contests for MinnPost and conducting a variety of workshops. I currently serve on the Board of the Loft Literary Center. Having raised our family in St. Paul, my husband and I now live in Minneapolis. We see our children and grandchildren often in Minnesota and New York.
Prose Publications: Memoir, Called: The Making & Unmaking of a Nun, Antrim House, 2016.
“Tourists At Terezin,” Talking Stick, Volume 20, 2011; “The Flood,” The State We’re In, anthology of the Minnesota Historical Society, 2010; “In Montana,” Second Place Winner of the 55-word Fiction Contest, Fine Lines, Volume 19, Spring 2010; “A Floater On The Course,” Best of the Web 2009, anthology by Dzanc Books; “Princess,” Dust and Fire, Spring 2009; “Song For The Kind,” SN Review, Summer 2008; “A Floater on the Course,” hotmetalpress.org, Spring 2008; “Papa,” River Images, Spring 2001; “Blackie,” Community Connections, Summer 2000, Sidewalks, Fall/Winter 1995-96; “The Canning Jar,” Minnesota Parent, May 1999; “The Flood,” Gypsy Cab, 1996; “Mom in Memoir,” Gypsy Cab, Winter 1995; “The Ironing Board,” Community Connections, Winter 1994-95; “The Slough,” Community Connections, Winter 1993-94.
Poetry Publications: Chapbook, My Memoir Dress, Finishing Line Press, 2011.
“Baseball For Ages,” Baseball Bard, 2015; “This White Pine,” Bearings, Autumn 2013; Dear Rosalie,” The Talking Stick,” Volume 21, Fall 2012; Another Portrait Of My Mother,” Grey Sparrow Press, Fall 2011; “Shot Down,” Lake Region Review, 2011; “Going Solo,” Talking Stick, Volume 20, 2011; “Partial Portrait Of My Mother,” Plains Song Review, Vol. XIII, 2011; “Shot Down: Number One,” The Talking Stick, Volume Eighteen, 2010; “The Flax Story,” “Curious” and “Dad,” Plains Song Review, Vol. XII, 2010; “My Memoir Dress,” Dust and Fire, Spring 2009; “Partial Portrait Of My Mother” and “Wildflowers,” hotmetalpress.net, Winter/Spring 2009; “Hold On,” The Broome Review, May 2008, “Song of Experience,” Dust and Fire, March 2006; “Akin To Animals,” “To Be Spring Flowers,” “Salute To Snag,” The Wake, January 26, 2005; “Sense,” Liminal, Spring 2005; “Epithalamium,” “The Scale,” “Song of Experience,” “Hold On,” Program Newsletter 2004 of the University of Minnesota Creative Writing Department; “River Notes,” Sidewalks, 2001; “Aurora Borealis,” Minnesota Chapter News of the Nature Conservancy, Fall 2001, Community Connections, Autumn 2000, and The New Scandia Poets, 1999; “Like Spring Flowers,” Community Connections, Spring 2001; “Lonely,” River Images, Summer 2001; “Fire and Ice (III),” Full Circle 20, 1999; “When,” “A Stone Poem,” “Fire and Ice (1),” Fire and Ice (2),” The New Scandia Poets, 1999; “When,” River Images, Winter 99; “When I Go,” River Images, Winter 99; “Memory,” Lake Region Review, Spring / Summer 1998 and River Images, Spring 99; “Marshall, Minnesota / A Memoir,” Fauquier Poetry Journal, July 1998 and River Images, Spring 99; “Stone Poem,” 100 Words, 1997.
Other Publications: “The Slough,” incorporated into the stage play, “Jack’s Back Door Cafe,” for the St. Croix Festival Theatre, 2015; Calendars for Explore Your Roots, Writers Rising Up to Defend Place, Natural Habitats, Wetlands at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, 2014, 2013, and 2010; historical screenplay, Leaving Home, read at the Playwright’s Center in 1999; historical booklet, the Story of Hammer, 1998.
Awards: “Values Clarification,” Honorable Mention in Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, 2015; creative nonfiction story, “As A Postulant,” Creative Work Prize from the Women Center, St. Catherine University, 2014; finalist, Loft Mentor Series, 2010-2011, 2009-2010, 2007-2008; SASE Mentorship, 2008; short story, “Upturn,” Creative Work Prize from the Women Center, St. Catherine University, 2007; fellowship, Summer Literary Seminar, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2006; Marcella DeBourg Fellowship, University of Minnesota, 2005; Honorable Mention in Poetry, Gesell Awards, University of Minnesota, 2004; poem, “Things To Do With Tom,” finalist for Garrison Keillor’s Green Light at the End of the Dock Festival of Romantic Writing Contest, 2004; fellowship, Prague Summer Program, 2003; memoir pieces, “Mom,” Creative Work Prize from the Women Center, St. Catherine University, 1996.
Other Literary Activities: Interview for Bat of Minerva, Voices of Northeast Video Series, 2016; Participant, Twin Cities Book Festival, 2016; Judge for the Midwest Book Awards, 2016; co-hosted an event for the Loft Literary Center’s 40 for 40 Celebration, Minneapolis, MN, 2015; judged creative nonfiction for Jackpine Writers’ Bloc Talking Stick Volume 24, 2015; panelist, Voices of Experience Conference, Loft Literary Center, 2013; judged poetry selections for the Northwoods Art and Book Festival, 2013; co-hosted the Loft Literary Center’s first Short-Short Salon, 2012; ran contests of short-short stories for MinnPost from 2009-2012; taught creative writing at the Jewish Community Center, St. Paul, MN, 2010-2011; attended the Colrain Poetry Manuscript Conference, Colrain, MA, 2011; performed for The Works: A Writer’s Salon, Bryant-Lake Bowl, Minneapolis, MN, 2010; read for “converse in verse,” Nina’s Cafe, St. Paul, MN, 2010; participant in the Happiness Symposium, Saint John’s University, Collegeville, MN, 2010; judge of A Writing Anthology for Artability, People Incorporated, St. Paul, MN, 2009; taught for First Pages: Creative Writing Lab for the Loft Literary Center, 2008; served on the commission of the Minnesota Humanities Center to choose the first Poet Laureate of Minnesota, 2007; pitched Loft Literary Center classes at Barnes & Noble in St. Paul and Minnetonka, 2006; presented on a panel at the Associated Writing Program’s annual conference, 2004.
Public Readings: Montana Book Festival, Missoula, MT; Eat My Words Bookstore, NE Minneapolis; Lyon County Public Library, Marshall, MN; Valley Bookseller, Stillwater, MN; Loft Literary Center’s 40 for 40 Celebration in Faith Sullivan’s Garden, Minneapolis, MN; Cracked Walnut Literary Festival, Dreamland Arts, St. Paul, MN; Art-A-Whirl, Minneapolis, MN; Claddagh Coffee, St. Paul, MN; University Club, St. Paul, MN; International Peace Gardens, ND and Manitoba, Canada; St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN; Yellow Tree Theater, Brooklyn Center, MN; Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN; Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN; Minnesota State University, Bemidji, MN; Valley Bookseller, Stillwater, MN; Community Center, Scandia, MN; St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN.
Workshops: Wholly Writers, Sullivan’s Island, SC and Charlotte, NC; Jackpine Writers’ Bloc, Nimrod, MN (six years); Collegeville Institute, Woodstock, VT and Collegeville, MN (three years); Washington County Libraries, Stillwater, MN (three years); ArtReach St. Croix, Stillwater, MN (two years); Dakota County Libraries, Lakeville, MN; Artability, People Incorporated, St. Paul, MN (five years); University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN; Bloomington Writers’ Festival and Book Fair, Bloomington, MN; History Department, St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN.