I am a thoughtful writer and editor with a lively style that has won numerous awards. My work has appeared in national magazines, in university publications, in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer (www.seattle-pi.com) and in The Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com), covering subjects as diverse as fly-fishing the Louisiana bayou, Iraq vets with PTSD, the joys of pinot noir, equity in education, road-tripping with teenagers, and PCB toxicity in orcas. I work with universities presenting research to a wide audience and also do project work as a creative consultant, editor, writer, teacher, marketer, public relations specialist, and writing coach. I’ve worked as both author and editor on numerous book projects and have just completed my first novel, “Wild Thing,” about a clever brute of a sea lion and the girl trying to save him from a state-sanctioned kill order.
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON PUBLICATIONS: Produce publications, articles, web content, and marketing materials highlighting cutting-edge research, including advances in information science and education. Current
FREE-LANCE WRITER/EDITOR/PUBLICITY DIRECTOR: Contributor to national magazines and newspapers. Edit articles, newsletters, trade publications. Current
WRITING COACH: Conduct small seminars, workshops, and community college classes on freshening up writing, expressing yourself clearly, making your voice heard. Current
SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER, 1981-2007
Worked on metro newspaper in a variety of positions: newsroom reporter, features writer, arts and entertainment reporter, arts and entertainment editor, features copy editor, books reporter, assistant city editor, lay-out supervisor, national desk copy editor. Served as embedded reporter aboard the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln at the start of the Iraq War. Conducted seminars and worked one-on-one with reporters to brainstorm ideas, structure stories, encourage creativity, and see projects through to the end.
LOS ANGELES HERALD-EXAMINER, 1980-1981
Features copy editor: responsible for lay-out, headlines, editing.
GLENCOE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1978-1979.
Free-lance editor working on research and rewrites for elementary, secondary, and college textbooks.
EASY READER NEWSPAPER, 1975-1978.
Managing editor, in charge of assigning, photographing, laying out stories and ads for weekly with 45,000 circulation.
LYONS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 1973-1975
Taught fifth and sixth grade classrooms in Glenview, Ill.
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES: B.A., English Literature, Cum Laude
NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY: M.A., Education
American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors, several first- and second-place awards in national competition. Washington Press Association: first place, editing. Society of Professional Journalists: first place, features. Pacific Northwest Excellence in Journalism Competition: first place, editing. C.B. Blethen Memorial Award: first place, community service; second place, distinguished feature writing.
Writer for “Harvesting the Light: Images of Contemporary Skagit Farm Life,” a book of photos and essays published by the Skagit County Historical Association
Writer for “Research That Matters,” a booklet on College of Education researchers published by the University of Washington’s Creative Communications network
Contributor to “Passing the Three Gates: Interviews with Charles Johnson,” a collection from the University of Washington Press
Writer/editor for “Teatro Zinzanni: Love, Dinner and Chaos,” a behind-the-scenes book produced by One Reel.
Editor for “Black Pearls: An African-American Woman’s Guide to Making Smart Love Choices,” University of Washington
Editor of “Medicine and Meditation,” a book of interviews with patients and doctors on the role of Zen practices in dealing with illness and dying
Author of “The Misadventures of Skukum Kilay,” a serialized novella covering the history of Seattle, published in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
References available upon request