M.F.A., Columbia University, Creative Writing: Fiction
B.A., St. Lawrence University, English and Fine Arts
Areas of Expertise:
Academic writing, fiction writing, creative nonfiction writing
Classes I Teach:
- FS111: The Examined Life
- EN327: Fiction Writing Workshop
- EN329: Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop
- EN101: College Writing
I have published two books of short stories: Satin Palms (Fiction International Press) and Here (LSU Press).
I have published one novel: Burning Marguerite (Knopf).
Working with my students, I have produced three in-house texts: The Little Book on Teaching Writing to First-Year Students,The Manual of the Writing Center of Saint Michael’s College and Writing Life: A Manual for EN329, Creative Nonfiction
Awards & Recognition
For my fiction, I have received Pushcart Prizes and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Saint Michael’s nominated me for Vermont Professor of the Year.
Life Off Campus:
I’m an avid gardener, both flowers and vegetables. Nothing pleases me more in the summer than spending a whole day working in my gardens. I became a mother at the age of 44 and will be seeing my son off to college in the fall of 2016. I live on the island of South Hero in Lake Champlain, along with my husband Keith and our cats, Plato and Chase. Writing is my passion; I have loved sharing that passion with my students ever since I started teaching, in 1979. My favorite thing about teaching writing is that it is always new: my students provide the substance of my courses, providing a kaleidoscope of ideas, stories, and language that never gets old.
For the past year, I’ve been working with a student named Rahela, who is from Afghanistan and has been writing her first novel. She started it as a project for an SMC summer grant, and then over the next two semesters, completed a revision. She’s going to revise it one more time this summer, and then we plan to show it to my literary agent. Fingers crossed that he likes it and can find her a publisher! It’s been interesting to work with her on her novel as I have been revising my own, and it was fascinating to learn more about life in Afghanistan in the 21st century.