Through my early thirties, I worked as an actor, vocal coach and director with companies including Book-It Repertory Theatre, On the Boards and the Seattle Shakespeare Festival, as well as companies in Michigan, Montana, New Jersey and London, England. I trained as a classical actor and vocal coach at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and studied history, literature and philosophy at University College, London.
I earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Antioch University-Los Angeles in 2001, and have taught in the “Inquiry Through Writing” program at Richard Hugo House, a literary arts center in Seattle. I’ve been a visiting artist for the Anacortes, La Conner, Mount Vernon, Seattle and Sedro Woolley, Washington school districts, and for the Austin, Texas ArtSpark Festival. I’ve led workshops for Burning Word, Field’s End, Highline Community College, Poets in the Park, Puget Sound Writers Program and the Washington Center for the Book. I earn my living as a senior communications specialist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, where I also provide journaling/poetry workshops for the staff.