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Education, Teaching Experience, and Grant Writing Experience


University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
M.F.A., Creative Writing, May 2006


AWARDS & HONORS (Partial List)

Great Group Reads Selection, Women's National Book Association, 2021

Apple Books, Best of June 2021

Oprah Magazine, Best LGBTQ Books of 2021

Publishers Marketplace, Highly Anticipated Buzz Book, 2021

Minnesota State Arts Board Creative Support Grant, 2020
Minnesota State Arts Board Arts Education Grant, 2018

Loft Literary Center Excellence in Teaching Fellowship, 2017
Minnesota Book Award for Twelve Long Months, 2009
Book Sense pick for Twelve Long Months, 2008
Finalist, Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction for Brendan Wolf, 2008
New York Times “New and Noteworthy” selection for The Year of Ice, 2003
American Library Association Alex Award for The Year Of Ice, 2003
Finalist, Violet Quill Award (Bookspan), for The Year of Ice, 2003

Finalist, Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction for The Year of Ice, 2003
Jerome Foundation Travel/Study Grant for Writers, 2003
Booklist “Editors’ Choice for the Best of 2002” for The Year of Ice




After Francesco, John Scognamiglio Books, May 2021
Twelve Long Months, Scholastic, June 2008.
Brendan Wolf, St. Martin’s Press, April 2007.
The Year of Ice, St. Martin’s Press, June 2002.



"Writing the AIDS Generation" Anthology, Q, 2019
“Needles & Lies.” OUT magazine, April, 2005.
“The Outsiders.” ISO Calendar of Days (Bookspan), 2004
“Make It One for My Baby.” The Readerville Journal, 2002
“Things I Never Told My Father” The Man I Might Become, Marlowe & Co., 2002.



Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe, Nett Lake, MN

Starting Your Novel (2021)


Ely Folk School, Ely MN

Working on Your Novel (2021)


Emerson College, Boston, MA
Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop (2006, 2007)
Introduction to Fiction Writing Workshop (2006, 2007)
U.S. Multicultural Literature (2006, 2007)
Young Adult Fiction Directed Study (2006, 2007)

Hamline University, St. Paul, MN

Fiction Topics: Emotional Range (2021)

Fiction Workshop (2015, 2018, 2020)
Forms & Elements of Fiction I (2016)
Forms & Elements of Fiction II (2016)
Grounding in the Craft of Fiction (2008, 2015, 2016)
The Coming of Age Novel (2008)


Lake Superior Writers, Duluth, MN

Starting Your Novel (2021)


Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN 

Various online and in-person fiction and creative writing enrichment classes for older adults, adults, and teens. (2001-2021)


MacRostie Art Center, Grand Rapids, MN

Starting Your Novel (2021)


Metropolitan Library Service Agency, Twin Cities, MN

Free-to-public single session creative writing classes for youth, and for older adults (2011 - current)


Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop
Fiction Writing at MN Correctional Facility - Lino Lakes (2015)


Our Savior's Homeless Shelter, Minneapolis, MN
Creative Writing for persons transitioning from homelessness (2016)


Quatrefoil Library, Minneapolis, MN

Writing the AIDS Generation (2019)


Rainbow Health, St. Paul, MN

Creative Writing for persons living with HIV/AIDS (2019)


University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Intermediate Fiction Writing (2006)
Introduction to Creative Writing (2003, 2005, 2022)
Introduction to Fiction Writing (2004, 2005, 2022)
Introduction to Modern Fiction (2011)
MFA Practicum (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013)
North Star Literature: Reading Minnesota (2015)







Google Classroom






Grant Writing Consultant. Currently fully booked through 2022.

Grant Writer, Open Book Capital Campaign, 1998 – 2001. Sample grants awarded: The McKnight Foundation ($1 million), Bush Foundation ($550,000), Kresge Foundation ($500,000), Target Foundation ($500,000), and General Mills Foundation ($150,000).

Development Director, The Loft Literary Center, 1997 – 2003. Responsible for over $1 million in contributed income annually.

Program Manager, The Minneapolis Foundation, 1990 – 1997. Secured private and public funding for re-granting programs, including the Minneapolis Emergency Fund, Minnesota Lesbian & Gay Community Funding Partnership, and the Minnesota Futures Fund.

Grant and Contract Proposal Writer, The Minnesota AIDS Project, 1987 – 1990.



The Bush Foundation, General Mills Foundation, Jerome Foundation, Minnesota Book Awards, Minnesota Council on Foundations, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Land Trust, Minnesota State Arts Board, The Saint Paul Foundation, and United Arts.