First Book, First Reading

Oh, hi. It's me again. Surfacing after months of quiet here on the blog to say, I made a book, and now it's a real and beautiful object in the world, and I'm thrilled. Rupture, Light is a chapbook just published by Finishing Line Press. It's a collection touching on themes of loss, faith, and … Continue reading First Book, First Reading

When You See the Heartbeat at Coffee + Crumbs 

In early June, my essay about waiting to miscarry appeared on Coffee + Crumbs. "When You See The Heartbeat" is a short essay describing the two weeks between an unpromising first ultrasound just before Christmas, when the heartbeat was detectable but weak, and a second scan after the new year. Writing this essay helped me … Continue reading When You See the Heartbeat at Coffee + Crumbs 

Creative Lives: In Conversation with Julie L. Moore at Ruminate Magazine

Last fall, I received the enormous gift of an extended conversation with poet Julie L. Moore, facilitated by Ruminate Magazine. Here is Part 1 of the series "Creative Lives," a slightly edited version of our email exchange in which we discuss the highs and lows of pursuing a life in poetry. In Part 2, we discuss writing … Continue reading Creative Lives: In Conversation with Julie L. Moore at Ruminate Magazine

On Creativity, Marriage, and Parenting on Coffee + Crumbs

  I'm delighted to share my essay "Through," published this month on Coffee + Crumbs. This essay is about how becoming a parent transformed my relationships-- to my husband and to my creative work. Coffee + Crumbs has been a lifeline in these early years of parenting. I've looked forward to each new essay appearing on this collaborative … Continue reading On Creativity, Marriage, and Parenting on Coffee + Crumbs

An Essay on Growth Charts at Mothers Always Write

Read my essay from November about childhood growth charts. In it, I reflect on what it means to measure your child's growth, and your own personal growth as a parent. I'm catching up here on the site after a bit of a post-election hiatus from social media and the digital world in general. I wanted to be sure to … Continue reading An Essay on Growth Charts at Mothers Always Write

Community Gardens at In Good Tilth

  This is an article about how community gardens preserve valuable intercultural knowledge about growing, cooking, and eating food-- something called "kitchen literacy." I had the privilege of researching and writing this article for In Good Tilth in the late summer of 2016, as part of their fall kitchen literacy issue. As a volunteer community … Continue reading Community Gardens at In Good Tilth

On Anxiety, Prayer, and Mothering at Hip Mama

I forgot to post that I have an article up at Hip Mama! In September, I participated in the Literary Kitchen Personal Essay Intensive, and wrote the rough drafts of five new essays in under two weeks. This is one of them. (This was an incredible workshop I highly recommend for both new and experienced writers! … Continue reading On Anxiety, Prayer, and Mothering at Hip Mama

Marjorie Stelmach’s “After” in Image Journal

Here's my latest short introduction for Image Journal's Poetry Friday column. Marjorie Stelmach's poem "After" is a tender and nuanced meditation on grief. I love this weekly showcase of beautiful poems from the Image archives, and I especially love the challenge of writing the briefest of reflections on a poem. It's getting me back into the … Continue reading Marjorie Stelmach’s “After” in Image Journal