I am an award-winning author with over 15 years of writing and editing experience, including four years as Communications Manager for the Center for Rhizosphere Biology and five years as the Managing Editor of technical publications at the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration. As a grant writer for scientists at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado Denver, I have secured over five million dollars in grants from NSF, NIH, the Department of Defense, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, the Guggenheim Foundation, and elsewhere. I bring that experience to my writing, my editing, and my teaching.
My writing has won honors in Nimrod‘s Katherine Anne Porter Literary Awards, the North American Review‘s Kurt Vonnegut Prize, and the Atlantic Monthly‘s Student Writing Awards and been nominated for a Pushcart Prize; my journalism has appeared in High Country News, Montana Outdoors, Birdwatcher’s Digest, and elsewhere.
My writing process, while intuitive at its heart, draws on my methodical, color-coded analytical side, honed by years of problem sets and genetic tests and seasoned by five summers in the rain and wind looking for hawks, bats, owls, and frogs. I edit for detail with an eye on the big picture, and my goal in both writing and editing is to help this piece of writing be the strongest it can be.