like owls. And traveling. I like kayaking and hiking and camping all
over Oregon with my husband and eight-year old daughter. I like cats,
adoption, and my lesbian mothers. I'm particularly fond of Ben and
Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch.
I live in Eugene with Western screech owls in my backyard and a fine
black cat named Alger Hiss in my house. My middle-grade novel, Avenging the Owl, comes out with Sky Pony Press in 2016. I also wrote the YA memoir, Gringa: A Contradictory Girlhood (Seal, 2009) and Wild Within: How Rescuing Owls Inspired a Family (Lyons 2014).
My writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, Orion, High Country News, The Advocate, Adbusters, Hemispheres,and The Writer. I started publishing at age 16, with two rhyming poems in Cat Fancy. I'm happy to recite them up on request.
I'm a nonfiction instructor for the Whidbey Writers Workshop M.F.A. Program in Creative Writing.
I also teach high school Literature for Laurel Springs School. You can catch me leading workshops and eating too many chocolate chip
cookies at writing conferences across the Pacific Northwest. I blog
about owls, outdoor adventure, and other cool stuff at Northwest Nature Nerd.