Short Cuts 

My first tribe was my college rugby team. They helped me understand my queer identity and they are still some of my best friends.

I love rafting rivers, but I’m terrified of drowning. I’m even more terrified of seeing my kids drown. Every river day is exhilarating and terrifying.

I met my partner, Travis, in South Bend, Indiana, when I was 21 years old. I had a shaved head, I was wearing a muscle shirt that said “We May Be Small but We’re Slow,” and I was carrying stolen yard flamingos under both arms. He couldn’t resist me.

I have a small but treasured collection of heart rocks.

My self-published memoir, Solar-Powered Sex Machine, only sold a handful of copies, but it was way more educational than grad school.

I can land an airplane on a dirt strip. Thanks, Dad.

I have deep-fried a turkey for Friendsgiving in the desert. 

Long live Greta Thunberg, Roxane Gay, Rachel Maddow, Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Tammy Duckworth, Abbi and Ilana, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and all the honey badgers and suffragettes. RIP RBG. 

woman pours peanut oil into pot in desert

The Long Way Round

I was born in Chicago. My dad built computer systems way before Zuckerburg was conceived, so we moved around a lot. Books, dragons, and my little brother were my best friends. I survived the nineties, but just barely. My high school class nominated me Biggest BS’er and I am still vaguely confused about it. I studied English and Russian at the University of Virginia, and earned an MFA in Writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

I’ve been hooked on writing fiction since I penned my first terrible novella when I was 19 years old. Since then, I’ve found a lot of ways to support my writing habit, like building houses, editing magazines, driving horse carriages, answering phones, teaching creative writing and college composition, and raising money for non-profits. I also advocate for neurodiverse kids by volunteering in my community.

After two decades in Colorado, my family moved to Montana in 2020. I live in Helena with my partner, Travis, two kiddos, Lil Snakey, and our leopard geckos, Zen and Spirit. I’m a science journalist and magazine editor for Colorado State University. I’m also a member of a small writing group (heeeyyyy Breakfast Club), Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Picture Book Challenge, and SCBWI. My motto is Word by Word.