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Word witch, sculptor of sentences, I remember sitting down at my dad's manual Underwood and plonking out a paragraph, then two, then several. I loved that ding-clunk of the shift return, the excitement of a second page. So that's what I do, except now on a MacBook Air. 

I've been the fiction editor of Contrary Magazine almost since its inception in 2003. In fact, all three of us have worked together since the beginning, and I'm so grateful for my lit family. I've had the pleasure of publishing so many writers whom I admire—Tania Hershman, Jenn Givhan, Corey Mesler, Steve Mitchell, and so many others. 

To keep body and soul together, I work in marketing at Western Washington University on a campus that is a Swiss army knife of  sculpture garden, arboretum, and small farm. There are as many deer as students and there are more than 14,000 students. 

I love film and art and taking photos. I wish I loved Impossible burgers, but I do not.

I live in Bellingham, Washington home of excellent beer, even better coffee, my sweet little family, and the launching pad for The Trucks, ODESZA, and Death Cab for Cutie.


I received my B.A. at Hollins University and my M.F.A. at Vermont College of Fine Arts. I also have done educational stints at the University of Rhode Island Goethe Institut and the Hochschule fur Film und Fernsehen in Munich. 

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