Libraries Foster Connection and Community Resilience: Speaking to Support Portland’s Library Bond

Today the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to refer a library expansion bond measure to the November 2020 ballot. Along with thirteen other Portland residents, I had the pleasure of participating in a period of public comment before the referral was put to a vote. This is the three-minute statement I spent weeks … Continue reading Libraries Foster Connection and Community Resilience: Speaking to Support Portland’s Library Bond

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

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