This essay won the Fall 2017 contest at Parks & Points.
From judge Melissa Faliveno:
“Out of Instinct” is a profound and often arresting exploration of marriage and family, the battle between commitment and instinct, and the decision to stay or leave when our foundations start to crumble. While the narrator rides horses in the rocky terrain of Wyoming’s Bighorn National Forest with her husband and daughter, she contemplates a collapsing marriage and the idea of existing in the wilderness—ultimately, surviving everyday life—as “challenging the natural order of how things live or die."
This piece, S.O.S., is the first prose poem I've published. Many thanks to editor Roderick Bates for fiddling with formatting on my behalf.
This personal essay won Lunch Ticket's 2018 Winter/Spring Diana Woods Memorial Award for Creative Nonfiction.
Guest judge Christine Hale commented:
“Gut Instinct” makes powerful use of juxtaposition—between time periods and narrative lines—to create subtle but viscerally disturbing parallels between the fates of cows and of women: their service as breeders and nurses; their small, often doomed rebellions; and their ultimate expendability within a meat- and male-dominated food chain. I admire both the tonal restraint and the fierce emotional risk-taking in this memorable piece.
For this issue of Inspire(d) Winter 2017-18, I rode along with EARL Public Transit to learn how this innovative bus service is chipping away at the stubborn self-reliance of rural Iowa's drivers.
This new contest, in which my work was named Honorable Mention in Humor, gave me a chance to write about two old souls, now passed.
We will love you always, Roubin (Brown Dog) and Freckles (Gray Dog)!
For this 10th Anniversary Issue of Inspire(d), I wrote about four community-building organizations that we are lucky to have in the Driftless: Liz Rog & Brad Crawford at DecorahNow.com; Pat Longmire at Red's IGA in Spring Grove; Roxanne Schnitzler & Jessica Rediske at Red-Roxy Quilt Shop; and Greg Wennes at Sunrise Care Facility in Spring Grove
This essay (with images), about raising my only child as a homeschooled farm girl, appears in the magazine of Wild + Free, an online homeschool collective. To read this and the brilliant work of many others, consider downloading the whole 'Story' bundle, available only until Sept 30, 2017 at http://www.bewildandfree.org.
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Water/Ways: Smithsonian Institute's Museum on Main Street exhibit showcases how water forges bonds more complex than 'H' to 'O'
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Alumna Heidi Ross runs a lab in rural Panama that does what international amphibian research said was impossible: save frog species from extinction by breeding them in captivity. And we're not talking just one species. The El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center has notched success with eight species -- and counting.