Emerita Professor of English
Bemidji State University

Bowling Green State University, Ohio Post-MFA study, 1973-74
Master of Fine Arts/​​Poetry, 1973

Northern Michigan University, Marquette Master of Arts/​​English, 1972 Bachelor of Arts/​​English, 1971

Public Radio
Guest, Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, April 5, 2003

Commentator, National Public Radio, 1996-2000, “Living on Earth”

Commentator, Minnesota Public Radio, 1986-1996


Grants and Awards (Selected)
Minnesota State Arts Board 2011
Artist Initiative Grant ($10,000)

McKnight Artist Fellowship for Writers,
Loft Award in Poetry ($25,000), 2010

Minnesota Book Award for Wild Rice Cooking, 2001

Region 2 Arts Council, Individual Artist Grant, 1997

Jerome Travel and Study Grant, 1996

Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Charter Resident, 1995

Governor of Minnesota Women's Leadership Award, 1994

Gabriel National Award for Radio Broadcast of Loss into Light, 1992-93

Region 2 Arts Council, Production Grant, Poetry, 1992

Midwest Radio Theatre Workshop Script Contest, for Loss into Light, 1991

Minnesota State Arts Board Career Opportunity Grant, 1990

Minnesota Book Award for Meant To Be Read Out Loud, 1989

Literary Judge (Selected)
Minnesota State Arts Board, Artist Initiative Grants, Poetry Panel, 2009

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council's Artist Fellowship Panel, Literature, 2007

National Federation of State Poetry Societies, Stevens Competition, Final Judge, 2003

The Minnesota Loft National Poetry Award, Preliminary, 1995

Arrowhead Regional Arts Council Artist Fellowship, Panel Poetry & Prose, 1995

Regional Writers Competition Award, Lake Superior, Preliminary Reader, Poetry, 1995

Region 2 Arts Council, Distinguished Writer Award, Final Judge, Poetry & Prose. 1992

Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Assistant Fellowships, Poetry, 1990

Writer-in-Residence/​Presenter (Selected)
Bemidji, Minnesota, Region 2 Arts Council, 2005

Grand Rapids, Minnesota Public Library, 2002

Sister Wolf Bookstore, Dorset, Minnesota, 2001, 2002

Selected Works

Arranged chronologically, these disparate poems are connected by the common thread of universal themes and reflect Minnesota’s diversity of women’s voices.
"We turn to poems for solace, wisdom, comfort, joy.... "
New Nonfiction
A creative nonfiction narrative about the nature of water in motion and the transformative influence of rivers in our lives, based on a trip down the Mississippi River.
"Words and images gleaned from ... the heart of the poet...."
--Helen Bonner
Transform your personal history into a compelling and meaningful narrative.
The hidden pleasures of making maple syrup with a primer for the novice sugarer.
Graceful meditations dotted with humor, complemented by the delicate art of Californian Barbara Van Arnam.
Natural History
“A true appreciation of wild rice....”
--Minneapolis Star Tribune

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