By day I'm a medical writer. After hours, which I'm loosely defining as early mornings or late evenings or weekends or other cracks of random time, I do another kind of work: creative writing, spiritual writing, essaying. I don't think of it as a hobby I play around at, or a craft that I've mastered, but rather a spiritual vocation that I practice imperfectly. I write to behold life with an imaginative eye of faith in a way that has a real bearing on how I live. I write to witness divine presence in everyday life, to create bridges from seen to unseen reality and back again. I write in a spirit of doxology and prayer and with an intention toward wholeness and calm.
This blog arises from those after hours. I hope you find that these posts provide camaraderie for your own creative and spiritual life.
My second book came out in April 2015 from Kalos Press. Finding Livelihood: A Progress of Work and Leisure is an idea-driven lyric exploration of work as a place of spiritual journey, particularly when the tensions between passion and need, and the planned life and the given life trigger longings for satisfaction, provision, and meaning. Traditional expert opinion often falls short in admitting these tensions. You can read more about Finding Livelihood on the book's website.
In 2004, I published my first book: Just Think: Nourish Your Mind to Feed Your Soul (Baker Books). From 2005 to 2007, I went back to school and got a Master of Fine Arts degree in creative writing from Seattle Pacific University. Since then my essays have appeared in journals and anthologies and have been noticed by the editors of The Best American Essays and The Best Spiritual Writing.
I live in Minneapolis with my husband; our two sons and daughters-in-law make me proud and grateful every single day.
- Finding Livelihood: A Progress of Work and Leisure. Kalos Press, 2015.
- Just Think: Nourish Your Mind to Feed Your Soul. Baker Books, 2004.
- "Ontology." In: A Literary and Spiritual Companion for Those Confronted with Miscarriage and Infertility. Jessica Snell, ed. Kalos Press, 2015.
- “Ontology.” In: Becoming: What Makes A Woman. Jill McCabe, ed. Omaha, NE: University of Nebraska Gender Studies Program, 2012.
- “Things That Fall and Things That Stand.” In: The Spirit of Food. Fields, Leslie Leyland, ed. Eugene, OR: Cascade Books (Wipf and Stock), 2010; 98-110.
- "Physiology Lessons." Comment. Spring 2015.
- “Two-Part Invention.” Harvard Divinity Bulletin, Summer/Autumn 2014.
- “Still in French Airspace.” Under the Sun. 2012;17(1):191-201.
- “Prelude.” Lake Effect. 2012;16:66-77.
- “Metrics.” Indiana Review. 2011;33(2):147-151.
- “Woman on Michigan Avenue.” Saint Katherine Review. 2011;1(3):61-74.
- “Spinning and Being Spun.” Comment. Fall 2010:54-63.
- “Witness.” Under The Sun. 2010;15(1):242-253.
- “Ontology.” Harpur Palate. 2009;9(1);160-161.
- “A Place at the Table.” Relief. 2009;3(1):168-178.
- “Waves and Oscillations.” Desert Call. 2008;8(3):27-29.
- “Nothing Can Separate.” Relief. 2006;1(1):28-35.
- "Prelude." Art House America. April 2016.
- "Knotted Gossamer." Art House America. April 2015.
- “Deliver Us From Evil.” Image Journal Good Letters. May 2013.
- “Three-Part Harmony.” With Flames Upon Their Heads Creativity Series. Ross Gale, editor. February 2013.
- Best American Writing 2016 notable mention: "Physiology Lessons"
- Best American Writing 2015 notable mention: "Two-Part Invention"
- Collegeville Institute, summer writing fellowship, 2013, 2014
- Best American Writing 2013 notable mention: “Prelude”
- Best Spiritual Writing 2013 notable mention: “Woman on Michigan Avenue”
- Best American Essays 2012 notable mention: “Metrics”
- Best Spiritual Writing 2012 notable mention: “Spinning and Being Spun”
- Best American Essays 2010 notable mention: “Ontology”
- Pushcart nominations: “A Place at the Table,” “Metrics,” and “Still in French Airspace”