Published Works

Surfacing: Three Voices” – historical short fiction
The Stonecoast Review, Issue No. 8, December 2017

How to Sleep Train Your Parents: What Every Child Should Know” – humor
MUTHA Magazine, May 2017

The Bone in My Yard: A Story-Carrier’s Path” – personal essay
Dark Matter: Women Witnessing, December 2015

This Mama Writes – personal blog

“11 Tips to Jumpstart Your Writing Habit” – guest blog post
Called to Write, June 2014

Letter to My Niece” – personal essay
Literary Mama, May 2005

The Crossing” – short fiction
Finalist, Raymond Carver Award, Carve Magazine, May 2003


Finalist, Edith Wharton-Straw Dog Writers Guild Writers-in-Residence Program. 2022.

Top 25 List, Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers, August 2017 – for “Surfacing: Three Voices”

Semi-Finalist in Short Story, Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society William Faulkner-Wisdom Creative Writing Competition, October 2017 – for “Surfacing: Three Voices”

Honorable Mention, Glimmer Train Family Matters, April 2009 – for short story “Colic” (unpublished, excerpt available here)

Fulbright Fellowship in Creative Writing, Cuzco, Peru, 2004-5. One-year fellowship for on-site research of historical novel set during Inca Empire. Researched indigenous history, Quechua language, Andean culture, Inca and pre-Inca archeology. Interviewed experts and authors.

Research in Peru, 2004-2020