About me

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Photo by Chris Laskowski.

I am inspired by the workings and mystery of the natural world. Travel and the oddities of twenty-first century life also provide plenty to ponder.


  • Honorable Mention in the 2018 Brockman-Campbell Book Award contest from the NC Poetry Society, for The Brightest Rock.
  • Best of the Net nomination, 2016
  • Pushcart nomination, 2015
  • Second-place winner in the  Kakalak 15 anthology, published in 2015 by Main Street Rag of Charlotte, NC
  • 2014 featured poet in Cave Region Review
  • Second-place winner in the 2013 Second Tuesday Poetry Series at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC


I coordinated the Vermont College of Fine Arts summer residency in Slovenia from 2006 through 2010 and edited for literary journals including Hunger Mountain and Rain City Review. I also taught as a poet in the schools in Portland, Oregon. In late 2018, I moved from Durham, NC back to Portland and am reconnecting with my peeps.

I am the editor-in-chief of the national award-wining Environmental Factor, flagship newsletter of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the National Institutes of Health. I hold a Masters of Fine Arts fromVCFA and a Bachelors degree in environmental science from the University of Virginia.


  • Oregon State Poetry Society
  • North Carolina Poetry Society
  • University Research Magazine Association
  • National Science Writers Association
  • Association of Writers and Writing Programs