As a farm kid, I honed a strong work ethic and first tapped my creativity by inventing adventures to keep me entertained in the middle of nowhere. My approach to work, writing, and life is deeply rooted in my rural beginnings.
I grew up in rural North Dakota, where I spent my childhood listening to farmers tell stories over coffee. My love of writing began early in school where I savored all of my creative assignments and eventually became editor of the high school paper. After high school I attended Concordia College and earned a BA in English Writing. I eventually went on to get my MFA in Creative Writing at Hamline University. I now live in Minneapolis and work with folks from all over the country.
I've cultivated professional career as a digital marketer where I led large teams from 30-60 people while holding the positions as the Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Marketing for two different national non-profit organizations. I have also worked in the for-profit sector at a software development company, a consulting firm, and in a digital agency. I've produced a variety of marketing deliverables including strategy, websites, digital products, events, email, and other marketing collateral for national campaigns. See what folks have to say about working with me.
In 2013 I published my memoir, Prairie Silence, which won the 2014 Minnesota Book Award in Creative Non-Fiction and Memoir. I've spoken to many groups about the writing process, my book, and about growing up in rural North Dakota. I've also taught a number of workshops to help people find their own voice.
While I love leading people, I attain the most joy from getting my hands dirty--perhaps traceable to my farming roots. This is why I recently decided to focus my professional energy on helping select organizations and individuals with their content, storytelling, and strategy needs. Rather than spend my days managing, I want to spend them "making".
I've hired and worked with many freelancers and know the difference a proactive and pleasant person can have on the end product. Therefore, I'm committed to ensuring that working with me is as pleasant as the content I deliver. Please consider my services and how I might partner with you and your organization.
Check out my professional resume' on LinkedIn.
- 2014 Minnesota Book Award in Memoir and Creative Non-Fiction
- 2010 Creative Non-Fiction Award, New Millennium Writings
- 2006 Creative Non-Fiction Award, The Baltimore Review
- Twice Finalist for the Loft Literary Center Mentor Series
- Outstanding Creative Non-Fiction Thesis, Hamline University
- The Making of a Rich Man in Orion; Winter, 2015 and The UTNE Reader; Winter, 2105
- Burying Fish in Ascent, 2013
- The Reason Nice Wyoming Knights of Columbus Members Terrify Me, The Huffington Post, 2013
- Three Things to Expect While Publishing Your Debut in Signature, 2013
- How I Broke My Chuck Klosterman Curse in Publishers Weekly, 2013
- Prairie Silence: A Memoir (Beacon Press, 2013)
- Witness anthologized in Women Finding and Leaving Extreme Religion (Seal Press, 2013)
- The Allure of Grain Trucks in Muse & Stone, 2009 and New Millennium Writings, 2010
- Prairie Beginnings in Mochila Review, 2009
- Silent Prairie Beginnings – Winter/Spring 2006 issue of the Baltimore Review