Early and repeated exposure to the brothers Grimm made me determined to seek adventures in foreign lands when I grew up. I joined the Peace Corps, spending three years in Morocco, where I learned Arabic, taught blind students and cooked a mean chicken tajine. I imagined I was up for any experience after that, but motherhood was a whole different flavor of challenging. My long-running zine, Miranda, chronicles it all.
My essays have been published in Salon, the Toronto Star, Brain,Child, Babble, Hip Mama and other magazines. I like to write about books, motherhood, Morocco and my past as the only kid in the history of suburban New Jersey to grow up without a television. I’ve written about being stuck with the meanest teacher in Waldorf education, life as the sports-hating mother of a natural athlete, and how literary maternal figures from my childhood, like Ma Ingalls and Marmee, have inspired me as a mother.
I learned the craft of editing at the New England Journal of Medicine and honed my skills correcting five years’ worth of high school English essays on two coasts. Currently, I am co-editor of Creative Nonfiction at Literary Mama. I live with my family in Portland, Ore.