I'm a journalist and poet in Berkeley, California. I've been a newspaper reporter, a contributing writer to the Washington Post Magazine, and a faculty member of the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California. In 2013, I earned an MFA in poetry, my first love.
My third full-length book of poems, Democracy of Fire, will be out from Broadstone Books in late 2022.
A Different Wakeful Animal, my second full-length book of poems, won the David Martinson-Meadowhawk Prize from Red Dragonfly Press and is available.
"A Different Wakeful Animal" also was a runner-up for the Philip Levine Prize, finalist for the May Swenson Award, Blue Lynx Prize, Richard Snyder Prize, and others, and contains poems that appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies.
My first full-length book of poems, "Throat Singing," was published in 2012 by Cherry Grove Collections. I also wrote two chapbooks: "Backstroking" (Unfinished Monument Press; 2005), which won the Acorn-Rukeyser Prize; and "Finding the Sweet Spot" (Finishing Line Press; 2009).
In life before poetry, I co-authored "Normal at Any Cost; Tall Girls, Short Boys, and the Medical Industry's Quest to Manipulate Height" (Tarcher/Penguin; 2009) with Christine Cosgrove. "Normal at Any Cost" was partially funded with an award from the Fund for Investigative Journalism and won The National Association of Science Writers 2010 Science in Society Award. One of the judges praised the book this way: "excellent and in-depth reportage, interestingly and breezily written, on an important (and to me, overlooked) medical/scientific issue. It has pretty much everything I look for: attention to the scientific process, human interest, a strong and consistent narrative."
"Normal at Any Cost" was also a Choice Reviews Editor's Pick in November, 2009, and a Women's Bioethics Bookclub selection. It was named a Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2009, and was among Library Journal's Best Picks of 2009 in consumer health books. The New York Times called it "irresistible."