Born in Detroit, Michigan. Attended Michigan State University (BA) and Western Washington University (MA). Proud daughter of two Boston librarians who pioneered to the Midwest and greatly influenced their children’s liberal arts careers and who later followed us to the Great Northwest. My love of literature, particularly American novelists and poets, led me to teaching. I have taught Developmental English classes at BC for 15 years (thank you, Michael Meyer) and have enjoyed past participation in BCReads and the BCReads Scholarship Committee. I am married and have one daughter, now a journalist in Napa, CA.