September 2015

Portland, OR (2nd session)- For over two decades, I’ve documented and written about women’s lives while mining the truth of my own. Two biographies, Birth and Rebirth on an Alaskan Island and Remedios: the Healing Life of Eva Castellanoz, trace the lives of indigenous women from Alaska and Mexico, respectively. My essays, which explore the meaning of stories, cross-cultural issues, and the legacy of Catholicism, appear in numerous journals and anthologies. These include The Stories that Shape Us: Contemporary Women Write about the West, Resurrecting Grace: Remembering Catholic Childhoods, and These United States. I’ve received fellowships from the Fulbright Scholar Program and the Oregon Institute of Literary Arts, the New Letters nonfiction award, and grants from The British Council, the Alaska Humanities Forum, and the Oregon Council for the Humanities. I’ve held residencies at Caldera, The Espy Foundation, Hedgebrook, The Mesa Refuge, The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and UCross.
     I’ve taught creative nonfiction for 26 years at The Northwest Writing Institute, Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, where I created and directed The Writing Culture Summer Institute and the Documentary Studies Certificate Program. Additionally, I’ve taught at the Bard College Institute for Writing and Thinking, in Mexico and Northern Ireland, in prisons, libraries, and numerous community settings. 

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