(Image by Judy Teufel)
I live in a houseboat on a river in Oregon. It’s a floating home, permanently moored, not something that put-puts around. Otters, beavers, and muskrats are my neighbors, along with a variety of birds, including eagles, hawks, and herons. Other houseboats are moored here too, so I also have human neighbors. For the most part, houseboat people are kind, maybe a wee bit eccentric, and generous. They keep to themselves unless you’re in trouble (like, say, a log stuck under your houseboat for many years is one day forced free by a strong current and thrusts itself up through your deck, causing alarm and wreckage; this actually happened to me recently). Then they come immediately to your aid.
We all love the quiet we find here on the river and in the nearby forest.
I’m a writer and editor. (See Editing Services.) I taught writing workshops and classes in and around Portland for many years.
Bio: Published a book of fiction, The Riverhouse Stories. Short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in various literary quarterlies, magazines, and newspapers.
If you’re interested, you can find some of my work online. Garrison Keillor read “Emily Dickinson’s To-Do List” on his radio program, The Writer’s Almanac, and that poem has appeared in a few anthologies, most recently in Visiting Emily: Poems Inspired by the Life and Work of Emily Dickinson, edited by Sheila Coghill and Thom Tammaro, published by the University of Iowa Press. It will also appear in the upcoming 10th edition of Literature and the Writing Process (Pearson). The only other poetry online is in YB Poetry, the Animal Issue (Issue 5).
A short story is published here in the online journal Melusine. Another short story, “Choose Your Partner,” was published in the Winter 2011 issue of J Journal: New Writing on Justice and was nominated for a Pushcart. You can read an excerpt here. An essay, “The Full Brontë,” was published in A Woman’s Europe, a collection of essays by women travelers, published by Travelers’ Tales.
Recipient of an Oregon Arts Commission Individual Artist’s Fellowship (for fiction) and a fellowship from the Oregon Institute of Literary Arts (for nonfiction). Co-writer and co-director for a video program on disability titled “Looking Up,” which won a first place award at the John Muir Medical Film Festival and was a finalist at the American Film Festival. Co-writer for The Peasant and the Priest, a documentary about the effects of globalization on Tuscany (directed by Esther Podemski, 2011).