The goal is to stay open. Be willing to change. Discipline oneself to listen. Conversations over dinner, in gardens, while painting or farming. Take naps in the third space. Be shameless. And writing is never a solitary act.

My resume looks something like this: Artist-Farmer-Poet with professional background in environmental work and a handful of writing prizes. Born and raised in the South; now wandering through other parts of the US. (lessons learned so far: Beauty is everywhere and injustice is too)

Other important things: social justice, rural design, practice over theory, womanism and feminism, poetry.

I’m an alum of Kenyon College and Hollins University with a degree in English/Creative Writing and Women’s & Gender Studies.

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History of the Orchard

Ten Blogtastic Resolutions

Act III. The Departure.

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