About Me

At eight years old, I put a nickel into a female version of the fortune teller machine in Big. With the sounds of Disneyland behind me, I read a card that said, "You are going to be a writer later in life."
Posing with Killer, a live alligator

I had time, and in my twenties all I wanted to do was dance. My first professional gig was as a showgirl in Acapulco (pictured), but that ended when the President of Mexico’s wife fired me (yes, there's a story there!).

I returned to school, fell in love with geography, and graduated with honors from San Francisco State University. From there I dove into working as an environmental activist at International Rivers and Coral Reef Alliance.

Through it all I wrote, and after five years of international environmental work I brought my passions back to my home state of California.

I have been a journalist in the San Francisco Bay Area for over a decade. My work has been published in Smithsonian, San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Nature, OnEarth, and the Los Angeles Times. I edit print and e-news publications for Solano Land Trust, and profile Solano County farmers in "Meet the Farmer." I am in my 12th season of being a part-time house manager at the Berkeley Repertory Theater, a house made of words.

My travel essays are in anthologies alongside stories by Barbara Kingsolver, Terry Tempest Williams, Edward Abbey, and Anne Lamott. I was a writer-in-residence at New York’s Blue Mountain Center, and participant in Squaw Valley Community of Writers in 2005 and 2010.

I love California and its history, and am the author of a new biography about Ina Donna Coolbrith, our state's first poet laureate. Ina Coolbrith: The Bittersweet Song of California's First Poet Laureate won a bronze medal for biography from the 2016 Independent Publishers Book Awards.