I'm a writer (both technical and creative), artist and horse-lover. I'm crazy about books of all sorts, though the ones with pictures make me especially happy, and the ones with pictures of horses, happier yet. I like to make things, from books to poems to carvings and paintings of horses.
I live & work with my time divided between homes in two countries: one in Michigan, the Great Lake State, and the other in Pajala, part of Swedish Lapland. My favorite place to be is in the middle of a project no matter which country I'm in at the time.
2021 - Hummer, 30th Anniversary Edition, Kenda Press. An uplifting coming-of-age story of grit, perseverance, and self-discovery for a young girl whose difficult home life is changed forever by a horse. 181 pages, paperback.
2021 - Good Luck Chestnut, Kenda Press. Children's picture book, A playground of rollicking slant rhymes hurtling itself toward the last simple message that every child deserves to hear. 44 pages, paperback.
2020 - The Isa Books, Learn to Read Picture Books.
The Isa Book 1: Isa's Very First Book
The Isa Book 2: Isa's Very Second Book
The Isa Book 3: Isa's Snowboard Book
The Isa Book 4: Isa's Soccer Book
1990 - Hummer. Two-hundred page children's novel. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. German translation, 1991. Swedish and Norwegian translations, 1992. Nominated for the Golden Sowers award in Nebraska and the Mark Twain award in Missouri, 1992.
Creative Writing Teaching and Reading Gigs
1998 - 2003 Interlochen Center for the Arts: Originated the Junior High Creative Writing program and taught it for five summers there.
2010 - 2013 Pajala - Jokkmokk - Kiruna - Gällivare in Sweden: "Celebrating Words" Taught annual week-long creative writing workshops.
2010 - 2013 Kolari, Finland: Taught 1-day Creative Writing workshops in the classroom each year.
1993: Library Workshop: week-long workshop at Albion Public Library: "Sizzling Summer Stories."
Have given public author readings at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, Hope College, the Kalamazoo Public Library, Houghton Lake Schools, and Western Michigan University, among others.
1993 MFA Western Michigan University
1986 BA English Hope College
Grants & Awards
1991 - Michigan Council for the Arts. Creative Artist Grant
1993 - Narrative essay in River Oak Review nominated for a Pushcart Prize