Consider the word "re-invention." How have you re-invented yourself in the past? How did you find or create the booster rockets to give you lift-off? How would you like to re-invent yourself this year, 2011, as you enter a new decade? How have you helped others re-invent themselves? Just start free-writing, see what comes up, what has the most juice, music, bite and snap. Then write a poem, story or essay. Revise it, show it to another writer, ask for feedback, revise some more. Have fun in the process.
I love to play with words. To capture moments on the page. To explore the physical and spiritual geography of what I call "fly-over country." I write from imagination, observation and my own experience of wandering in fly-over country--the literal, physical spaces of my life on the Minnesota prairie and the inner territory of the soul.
I teach writing and serve as the director of the Creative Writing Program at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota. I enjoy cooking and traveling with my husband Jim, reading, practicing yoga, playing tennis, biking, hiking and gardening.