Landing on Dryland

Now that DRYLAND has been out and about for a month, I’m reminiscing about how I got the words out of my head. There was one solid year of rumination, followed by a solid year of writing. During that period, I often made fake cover images — as a way to inspire me and to help me identify what exactly I was trying…

On Drinking, Writing & Living Overseas

I recently had the wonderful experience of being interviewed by the prolific poetess and daring promptress (as in lighting a fire under writers) known as Jena Schwartz.  Jena asked me some of the hardest questions I’ve ever been asked — prompting some of my most honest answers ever about writing, drinking and traveling.  Thank you, Jena, for this great opportunity to connect with you…

For Munzatsi, with love

Thirty years ago, I left my post as a Peace Corps Volunteer at Munzatsi Secondary School in Maragoli, Kenya. I didn’t think I’d ever look back, let alone go back. As a young American woman and new teacher in rural Africa, I struggled with being far, far away from what I knew about life. I was fresh…