About Me

photo by Lena Gilje, 2007

I am a writer, editor, and teacher living in Calgary, Canada. I have a BA from Augustana University College in Camrose, Alberta (now a faculty of the University of Alberta), and a BEd and an MA from the University of Alberta.

I’ve been teaching English literature and writing for fifteen years, across Alberta–in Athabasca, Calgary, Camrose, Edmonton, and Lloydminster–and in Bavaria, Germany. While teaching at the Augustana Faculty of the U of A, I was awarded the Augustana Faculty Sessional Teaching Award in 2006 and the William Hardy Alexander Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2007. Currently, in addition to raising five-year-old twin boys, I teach composition for Athabasca University, and I teach yoga at the Yoga Studio of Calgary.

My writing interests are mainly related to rural Canada. In 2010, I released the anthology Country Roads: Memoirs from Rural Canada (click on the COUNTRY ROADS tab above to learn more about the book). My essays and short stories have appeared in several periodicals and anthologies, including Reading the River:  A Traveler’s Companion to the North Saskatchewan River, Women’s Words: An Anthology, and Running Barefoot: Women Write the Land. I have published scholarly articles about Margaret Laurence’s A Bird in the House (in the book Narratives of Community: Women’s Short Story Sequences) and about Sharon Butala’s The Perfection of the Morning (in the fall 2012 issue of Prairie Fire). I won the Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Prize in 2007 and have since acted as a juror for the Alberta Literary Awards. My current project is an anthology of stories about animals, which will be published in 2014. I also do some freelance writing, and occasionally teach workshops about memoir writing.