B.J. University of Missouri
M.A. University of Washington
Mailing: Box 358530, 18115 Campus Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011-8246
In addition to teaching community workshops in outsider and experimental fiction as well as in the tradition of the Tale, I have taught technical writing, composition, and intro poetry courses. I ask students to look carefully at both conventional and experimental narrative/poetic techniques in contemporary literature, and to think about the ways such techniques can both capture human experience and produce language-based music. When students see these possibilities and begin to experiment with their own words, I feel the course is going well.
Recent Courses Taught
BISIA 207 Creative Writing
My books include two fiction collections and two novels. I am currently working on a novel. My first book, My Horse and Other Stories was awarded a PEN/West Fiction Award, and my novel Frances Johnson was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award. I've also received a number of grants, a fellowship, and a Stranger Genius of Literature Award. My short fiction been translated into Japanese and Danish and has received a Pushcart Prize nomination. Three of my short works were recorded by YACHT and Kill Rock Stars' Wordcore series, and I've collaborated with cartoonists and artists (Renee French, David Lasky, Julia Freeman) and musicians (Lori Goldston, Kyle Hanson, Angelina Baldoz). One of my favorite projects was writing a libretto for an experimental puppet opera that concerned an historic stand-off between Russian fur traders and Northwest Quilyeute tribes; this was performed at Seattle's On the Boards theater. I have written two one-act plays that were also performed in Seattle. My short fiction has been anthologized, and I've read publicly from my work in arts/literature venues and at university programs in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Syracuse, Washington, D.C., Copenhagen, Denver, and other locales. I've written reviews and features for the Seattle Times, The Stranger, The Seattle Weekly, The Chicago Reader, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
The Girl with Brown Fur, (Starcherone/Dzanc, Buffalo, 2011)
Frances Johnson (Clear Cut Press, Portland, 2005)
Dra--- (Sun & Moon Press, 1998)
My Horse and Other Stories (Sun & Moon Press, 1994)