I grew up in Glenwood Springs, CO, where my family still lives. I graduated with a BA in English from Fort Lewis College in 1997 and then went on to earn a CO Secondary Teaching License, an MFA in Creative Writing from Stonecoast/University of Southern Maine, and a PhD in English with Creative Concentration from Georgia State University. I was lucky enough to return to FLC to teach in the English Department, where I am an Assistant Professor of English. I also teach for Western's low-residency MFA program, and I love working with both undergraduate and graduate-level writers. My own creative work focuses on women's lives, and I particularly explore the intersection between gender and place. I'm a book lover, a podcast fanatic, and an avid cook and baker. I love to bike, hike, ski, and otherwise explore the outdoors with my Aussie puppy Rowan. I am committed to helping survivors of sexual assault find the resources they need to heal and to the creation of a more just world, and it is an honor to serve on the SASO board and to support their work in the community.