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Born in Seattle in 1953, I now live in Jackson, Wyoming.

My books include War Creek, A Hunger for High Country, Saving Wyoming's Hoback, Cache Creek: A Trailside Guide to Jackson Hole's Backyard Wilderness, The Wild Wyoming Range, Targhee Trails, Beyond the Tetons and Stories of the Wild.

 

My writing has appeared in Orion, North American Review, Fourth Genre, Talking River Review, Weber Studies, North Dakota Quarterly, and numerous other journals.

 

My work has been anthologized in books including The Leap Years (Beacon Press, 2001), Going Alone (Seal Press, 2004), Open Windows (Ghost Road Press, 2005), Solo (Seal Press, 2005), A Mile in Her Boots (Solas House, 2006), and Blood, Water, Wind, and Stone: An Anthology of Wyoming Writers (Sastrugi, 2016).

My essays received a Neltje Blanchan Memorial Award, awarded by the Wyoming Arts Council. My novel War Creek was a finalist for the Pacific Northwest Writer's Association's Pearl Award and it won the Sarton Women's Literary Award for contemporary fiction. Saving Wyoming's Hoback, co-authored with Florence Rose Shepard, won the 2016-17 Wallace Stegner Prize in Environmental Humanities.

 

The beauty I find in forests and mountains never fails to move me, and I have never strayed far from places that inspire me. I am interested in people's ability to discover hidden aspects of themselves through encounters with wild nature, and how we change as a result. Whether in the form of a novel, memoir, non-fiction narrative, or poem, these are the things I write about.