Biography

My writing intersects the fields of law and literature, with the voices of contemporary women. 
For thirty years I worked primarily as a lawyer, a judge, a law professor, and writer specializing in the field of domestic violence reform. I have a Master’s degree in creative writing form the University of Colorado (1997) and have won a half dozen writing awards, most recently the 2009 Silver Solas Women’s Travel Writing Award for the essay, “Meeting the Dalai Lama in Tibet” (The Chrysalis Reader, 2009). 

My poetry and non-fiction have been published in Ms., The Denver Quarterly, Tumblewords:  Writers Reading the West, Empire Magazine, The Bloomsbury Review, Disturbing the Peace, Texas Journal on Women and the Law, and Harvard Women’s Law Journal, The Denver Post.  I co-edited an anthology, Beyond Portia: Women Law and Literature in the U.S, published by Northeastern University Press (1977).   My novel, My Sisters Made of Light, a story set inside Pakistan’s human rights movement, was published by Press 53 in 2010.  It was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award in Literary Fiction. 

I have won writing awards in nonfiction and in poetry: 2009 Solas Silver Women’s Travel Writing Award and 1997 Rocky Mountain MLA Essay Award; 2009 TCL Poetry Contest, 2000 CLEA Creative Writing, 1997 Denver Press Club, 1997 Colorado Council on the Arts fellowship; 1994 William Battrick Award; 1995 Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute. 

I am adjunct faculty at Metropolitan State College in courses related to women, law, literature and violence.