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 number of  writing awards, most recently I was named the 2015 Ziggies Poet of the Year.

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 recently served as the News Poetry editor for The Colorado Independent.