About Me


My roots are in the northeastern wilderness watersheds of Minnesota and in the headwaters of the Mississippi where I was born. Prairie grasses and native flowers filled my St. Paul yard. I am finding my way into community with my new neighbor plants and animals when I’m at the home in Seattle that my children and I are developing. I explore with others ways to protect and delight in all our watersheds.

I was born into a community of story-tellers; stories have been a way to explore, discover, comfort, and embolden. We know that the waters have stories. What I learned from the wilderness woods and waters, I have tried to pass on to others. What I have learned from the stories my students and others have offered to me has enriched my world and understanding. I am striving to discover new stories and new ways of telling old stories that more deeply recognize people and other beings indigenous to the lands I live on and to explore the choices made (and not made) by my settler ancestors and myself.

After getting a BA in literature and writing and then a PhD in cross-cultural education, I taught writing and global studies at Minneapolis College for 31 years. Since becoming Type 1 diabetic, I’ve discovered ways that personal body troubles can parallel ecosystem distress and help us rise to the challenge of both.

I work for ecological justice and effective responses to climate trauma with my family, my students, my local Transition Town, Minnesota 350.org, Seattle 350.org, Quaker communities, the Minnesota Women’s Press, Climate Land Leaders – just about anyone who is willing to collaborate with me.

In Spring 2021, Watershed: Attending to Body and Earth in Distress, was published by the University of Minnesota Press.


Winner, Minnesota Book Award, 2022, for Watershed

Artist Residency, Hinge Arts, Springboard for the Arts, Fergus Fall, MN, May 2021

Writing Residency, Mesa Refuge, Point Reyes, CA, March 2018

Selected Presentations

  • “Expanding Our Personal and Professional Desegregated Networks” – Mayo Clinic Health System, online, August 2022
  • “Making Art for the Land We Love” – Lyric Center for the Arts, Virginia, MN, August 2022
  • Readings and Discussions at Minnesota libraries in Brainerd, Northfield, Plainview, Austin, and West Concord, summer 2022