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Ancient metamorphic rock in the Teton Range

Born in Seattle in 1953, I have lived in Jackson, Wyoming since 1988. I write poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and natural history. I've published a novel, ten non-fiction books, and my poetry chapbook This Earth Has Been Too Generous came out in 2022.


My writing has appeared in Orion, North American Review, Fourth Genre, Talking River Review, Weber Studies, North Dakota Quarterly, and numerous other journals. I write a column on the natural world for Mountain Journal.


Awards and recognition: I received a creative writing fellowship from the Wyoming Arts Council for an excerpt of my novel-in-progress Eye of the Mountain and a Neltje Blanchan Memorial Award, also from the Wyoming Arts Council for an essay based on the natural world. My novel War Creek won the Sarton Women's Literary Award for contemporary fiction and was a finalist for the Pacific Northwest Writer's Association's Pearl Award. Saving Wyoming's Hoback, co-authored with Florence Rose Shepard, won the 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.