Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
Publications & Prizes
In 2013 she served as the Writer in Residence at Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, North Carolina, and the Distinguished Writer at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Other honors include a 2012 Larry Neal Writers Award and 2014 and 2010 Individual Artist Fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; the 2009 Friends of Literature Prize from the Poetry Foundation; the 2008 Maureen Egen Exchange Award from Poets & Writers; the 2006 Elinor Benedict Poetry Prize from Passages North/Northern Michigan University; and the 2005 Myra Sklarew Award for Outstanding Thesis from American University. She has also received fellowships to the Jentel Artist Residency, the Millay Colony for the Arts, Virginia Center for Creative Artists, Vermont Studio Center, the Indiana Writers' Conference, and the Sewanee Writers' Conference, where she was a Walter E. Dakin Fellow in 2008.