Research Interests

Besides being a writing teacher, I am also a freelance writer and editor. My personal essays – published in The Christian Science Monitor, Carolina Quarterly, Wapsipinicon Almanac,  Iowa Woman, Tapestry, and Vesterheim, among others  – deal with my connections to other females: real and imagined, tender and humorous.  I developed and edited the grant-funded book From My Perspective: Essays About Disability (The Spectrum Network, 2009), featured on Iowa Public Radio's The Exchange.

I am currently working on a book-length memoir.

With Karen Fitton, I edited Our Stories of Miscarriage: Healing With Words (Fairview Press 1997). It is a collection of personal essays, journal excerpts, and poems written by fifty women and men who have lost a child—or children—through miscarriage. The book was featured on NBC's Today show, and has received good reviews in, for instance, BooklistLibrary Journal and Mothering. The book offers comfort and hope to bereaved parents and is a resource for caregivers.