I write fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. My mother named me after a princess from a modern day fairy tale she read in a popular magazine. Perhaps that destined me to grow my hair long and to write! Many of my jobs have involved books and literature of all sorts, among them: selling tabloids at a corner news stand when I was nine years old; working as a small town librarian; a stint as a freelance fact checker for Houghton Mifflin; and now, as a book reviewer for City Book Review.
I grew up in Chicago where I studied writing at the Urban Gateways Young Writers Workshop with Kathleen Agena and Sterling Plumpp, at the Columbia College Story Workshop, and at St. Joseph’s College with Stu Dybek. While attending Kenyon College, I was awarded the John Crowe Ransom Poetry Prize and the Doris Crozier Award. At the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts, I studied with Norman Corwin; in the fiction workshop at Bread Loaf Writers Conference with Robert Cohen and Alix Ohlin. In 2016, I attended the fiction workshop at Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. I live with my husband David Hutchinson and resident dragon in northern California where I’m finishing my second novel.