I’ve taught at Northwest University since 2000, specializing in Creative Writing and Children’s and Adolescent Literature. As a creative writer, I have had poems and essays published in a variety of venues. Currently I am working on a young adult novel and several picture book manuscripts.
I have a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. As an undergraduate, I studied Biology at Goshen College. I am an example of the benefits of a liberal arts curriculum which fosters habits of thought that can be applied in a variety of disciplines.
I grew up in Oklahoma with frequent forays to Homer, Alaska, one of the most beautiful places on earth. I also lived in West Africa–in Nigeria as a young child and in Cote d’Ivoire for a semester in college.
Currently I live in Kirkland with my husband Rex Rempel and our son Sam. I enjoy making muffins and reading while walking.
Courses Commonly Taught
- Creative Writing
- Fiction Workshop
- Writing for Publication
- Children’s and Adolescent Literature
- Fairy Tales and Folklore
- Women Writers
Favorite Authors & Illustrators
For children: Nikki McClure, Marla Frazee, Trina Schart Hyman, Ezra Jack Keats, Robert McCloskey, Beatrix Potter
For adolescents: Madeleine L’Engle, Robin McKinley, Gary D. Schmidt, Megan Whalen Turner, Gene Luen Yang
For adults: John Berger, Annie Dillard, Flannery O’Connor, Toni Morrison
Poets: Lucille Clifton, Jack Gilbert, Louise Gluck, Li-Young Lee, Mary Oliver
“Roadrunner and Coyote.” Windhover. 21 (2017): 104-105. Print. Poem.
“Spring During a War.” Dappled Things. 10.3 (2015): 107. Print. Poem.
“Tangled Paths.” The SST Stories Project: Words for a Wider World. Eds. Kate Stoltzfus and Liz Core. Goshen College. June 15, 2015. Web. Essay.
“Blossoms.” Poetry on Buses: Writing Home. A 4Culture and King County Metro Project. 2014. Web & Bus Placard. Poem.
“The Old Magician’s Wife.” Rock & Sling: A Journal of Witness. 7.2 (2012): 11. Print. Poem.
The Angels Sang Their Carols. Seattle Mennonite Church. 18 Dec. 2011. Performance. One-Act Play.
“The Ark” & “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Pontoon: An Anthology of Washington State Poets 7 (2004): 79-81. Print. Poems.
Signs Following. Spokane: Heliotrope, 2004. Print. Chapbook. 25 pages. Poems.
Study Guide for Fiction. Image: A Journal of Art & Religion. 2002. Web.
Study Guide for Poetry. Image: A Journal of Art & Religion. 2002. Web.
“Hanging the Laundry, Awaiting the Reign of God” & “Body of Christ.” Pontoon: An Anthology of Washington State Poets 5 (2001): 64-65. Print. Poems.
“Trespassing in Stillwater.” Bellingham Review 24.1 (2001): 161. Print. Poem.
“L’eau Vivant: The Nuon River.” The Journal of African Travel Writing 8/9 (2001): 16. Print. Poem.
“Teacher: A Folk Tale.” Talking River Review Summer 2000: 138-139. Print. Poem.
“Hanging the Laundry, Awaiting the Reign of God,” “This Cup of Night,” and “The Flightless Ancestors of Birds.” Heliotrope 3 (1999): 11-14. Print. Poems.
“I Did Not Take Him Back.” Pontoon: An Anthology of Washington State Poets 3 (1999): 69. Print. Poem.
“Review of The Talking Book of July by Rick Alley.” Mid-American Review 19.1 (1998): 111-114. Print. Book Review.
“Oranges.” The Goshen College Bulletin Sept. 1998: 14. Print. Poem.
“Dying Has its Own Details.” Permafrost 20 (1998): 107. Print. Poem.
“Phonography.” The Inlander 29 April 1998: 51. Spokane, WA. Print. Essay.
The Music is with the River. Pinchpenny Press, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana, 1994. Print. Chapbook. 36 pages. Poetry and creative nonfiction.