I am a writer and editor in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. My features, essays, op-eds, and book reviews have been published or are forthcoming in a variety of publications, including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor, Orion, Publishers Weekly, Sojourners, The Christian Century, Christianity Today, Books & Culture, Mothering, Brain, Child, Literary Mama, The Mennonite, Mennonite Weekly Review, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and The Other Side, among others. My essay “Holding Baby Birds” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and receives special mention in the Pushcart Prize XXXIII anthology (2009), and I received a 2009 Individual Artist’s Fellowship in creative nonfiction from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. I have received two first-place awards from the Associated Church Press and one first-place award from the Evangelical Press Association. I am a regular book reviewer for The Christian Century, an editorial consultant for Cascadia Publishing House, a poetry consultant for the Mennonite, and a contributing editor to Sojourners.
In addition to writing and consulting, I do developmental editing, copyediting, and manuscript review for a variety of publishers and individuals. My clients have included Brazos Press, Baker Academic, InterVarsity Press, Herald Press, Cascadia Publishing House, Johns Hopkins University Press, and scholars who have gone on to receive book contracts with Jossey-Bass and Oxford University Press. I also do curriculum editing for Gather ’Round. I have a master’s degree in Reading/Writing/Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree in English from Eastern Mennonite University.
My husband, Dave, and I have three sons, and we are members of Slate Hill Mennonite Church. I enjoy birdwatching, hiking, reading, and playing violin.