The book proposal for Night of Vishnu: A Journey Through Marriage, Motherhood and Rebellion in Nepal wins the She Writes to Seal Press Publishing Contract Contest. More details soon.

Participated in a panel on Sustainable Stories: The Art of Communicating Experience at Prescott College’s 2013 Sustainability Symposium, May 18, Prescott, Arizona.


Lots of quiet, private writing achievements.


“Ama” listed as a Notable in Best American Essays 2010.

“Ama” (published in Crab Orchard Review) and “A Nature Lover’s Phobia” (published in Fringe Magazine) both named finalists in the Creative Nonfiction category of the 2010 Press 53 Open Awards.

Nominated for 2011 Puschart Prize for my essay, “Natural Births,” in The Gettysburg Review.

On April 7, read from Sacred Threads for “First Wednesday,” a series of readings, performances and wine-tastings co-hosted by Oregon Literary Review and the Blackbird Wine Shop, 4323 NE Fremont, 7-9pm. Peter Sears, Jackie Shannon-Hollis and Brian Christopher also read.

Had my first poem published in January.  You can read, “In the Flat Field,” online in the High Desert Journal (unfortunately, HDJ does not archive its online publications, so this is not available for reading anymore).


On April 26, read recent poetry at open mic session hosted by Ink and Paper Group in celebration of National Poetry Month, 1825 SE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214, 3:30-6:30 pm.

On April 3, read from “Fieldnotes on Flooding in Nepal,” at Truth About the Fact Publication Salon, 3800 University Hall, 3rd Floor, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.  Other contributors will also be reading.

Honored with an Individual Artist Fellowship award from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Returned to the Portland Waldorf High School for three weeks (actually with snow, two weeks plus a day) to teach a block called Revolutions, covering social change in Russia, China, and South Africa.


The Crab Orchard Review chose my essay, “Ama” as a finalist for the John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize and will publish it in their Spring 2009 issue.

Delivered the commencement address, “The Gift of Difference,” to the Class of 2008 at the Portland Waldorf High School