Writing and Research

As a writer and scholar, I have found a good home at Luther College for my interests and enthusiasms. My doctoral dissertation on the American poet William Carlos Williams led me to respect those writers for whom writing involved a total immersion into language, including work in several genres. In addition to my scholarship on Williams, I have published several creative nonfiction essays in magazines and newspapers, including Iowa Woman, The Baltimore Sun and the Chicago Tribune. For several years I contributed radio essays to the "Iowa Voices" series on Iowa Public Radio, and have contributed to a "collaborative" detective story, entitled Time and Chance: An Iowa Murder Mystery.

In 2010, I received an Iowa Arts Council grant to create a one-woman play based on my experience as a breast cancer survivor. The play, Lessons from Cancer College, premiered at Art Haus in Decorah, followed by productions at Commonweal Theatre and Dreamland Arts in St. Paul.

Throughout my years at Luther, I have been a regular contributor to its interdisciplinary journal Agora, and daily chapel series.

Selected Publications:

"Occupying Wald Street, Agora Fall 2012, http://www.luther.edu/paideia/agora/?page=1&issue_id=439600

“Looking for Spring,” Chicago Tribune, March 23, 1997.

“So Long at the Fair and So Long to Summer," Milwaukee Journal, Aug. 21, 1994.

“The Fading Beautiful Thing of Paterson," Twentieth-Century Literature, 35:3 (Fall 1989), 343-363.

“Epic History and the Lyric Impulse in the Paterson Manuscripts,” William Carlos Williams Review [link], 12:2 (Fall 1986), 1-9.