I was raised in Lake of the Woods County in northern Minnesota, where my earliest jobs included writing a column at The Northern Light, working as a curator's assistant at the Lake of the Woods Historical Society, and helping direct a children's community theater. I've studied writing at Augsburg College, Hollins University, and the University of Minnesota, and as a part of the Loft Literary Center Mentor Series in 2004-2005. I've taught writing at the University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, and The Loft Literary Center, as well as through the SASE Wings program at Intermedia Arts.

My awards include fellowships and residencies from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the McKnight Foundation, the Bush Foundation, Yaddo, and The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. My poetry, fiction, plays, and reviews have been included in magazines such as The Hollins Critic, The Rio Grande Review, Pleiades, Glimmer Train Stories, Puerto del Sol, Cerise Press, New South, Phantasmagoria, The Emprise Review, and Provincetown Arts, and my chapbook of poems, Fun & Games, was published in 2009 by Finishing Line Press. My life-and-works essays on Jane Johnston Schoolcraft and Tess Gallagher have appeared in the American Writers Supplement (Volumes XXIII & XXIV), and I am a fiction reader at the online literary magazine Our Stories. Currently I'm writing two series of books for hi-lo readers (Origins: Urban Legends, and Origins: Whodunits) for Full Tilt Press.