No Justice. [No Action.] No Peace: Peaceful Fights in Kids Lit

Below is an exert from Caren Stelson and my monthly column in Bookology Magazine, focusing on the importance of peaceful civic action. Read the full article HERE: Caren: “No justice. No peace.” This summer, millions of people – young, old and from all backgrounds — protested police brutality and systemic racism, all during a historic pandemic. Ellie Roscher and I […]

Whiteness and Antiracism Course for Teachers

Starting Saturday, August 22, I will be co-teaching a year-long Institute with the MN Writing Project on Whiteness and Antiracism. It meets monthly for two hours all year. There is so much going on right now with COVID-19. It is a tough time for teachers. It is also an urgent time to address race more […]

Kept Miniature in Size

A flash creative nonfiction essay I wrote about female bodies and contorted flowers was recently published in The Baltimore Review! READ IT HERE! As an adult, I enjoy exploring the layers of the gymnastics training of my childhood. Now, watching a prepubescent, muscle-bound girl flipping and twisting through the air, I am filled with awe […]

12 Tiny Things Book!

12 Tiny Things is available for pre-order! Help us spread the word! 12 Tiny Things has been an intentional community for almost three years now. Heidi Barr and I started it by asking the question: What is enough? As in, what is just the right amount? It moved into an intentional living practice of embracing […]

Briefly: Flash Nonfiction Online Class at The Loft

REGISTER HERE I love reading, writing and teaching flash nonfiction- short, true stories. I first fell in love with flash nonfiction when my oldest was an infant. I missed large swaths of time to read so much. Reading one very short and very gorgeous essay a day may be all I could muster, but it […]

2019- Root to Rise

12 Tiny Things has been such a gift. It surprised me again and again throughout 2018. Month in and month out I invested in the theme and playfully experimented with some tiny things. I learned so much about myself. I benefitted deeply from the presence and insights of the growing 12 Tiny Things community. Little […]

2018 in Books

2018 was my year of adoring local writers! Writing in three very different genres, these Minnesota-based writers all brought beauty and depth to their stories and made me proud to hail from MN! A LADY’S GUIDE TO SELLING OUT by Sally Franson In her debut novel, Franson’s voice is unrelentingly witty. Her protagonist, Casey Pendergast, […]

Why I Write

This post originally appeared on Red Sofa Literary’s NaNoWriMo series. To discover what I really think I often gain insight and clarity through the practice of writing. Writing tells the truth. Early drafts may start vague and foggy with throat clearing and avoidance. Editing through to later drafts burns off the slough until I realize […]

12 TINY THINGS #Sensuality

Undivided My oldest child started preschool this fall. It was the first time I dropped him off somewhere consistently to play with other kids. It is also the first time I am getting a chunk of alone time consistently with my youngest. On the first day, Miles and I went to a playground to play […]