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Updated February 2017
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Formal Education 
  • AA Journalism, Clark Community College, 1985
  • BA Honors, Journalism/Magazine Editing & Publishing curriculum, Columbia College Chicago, 1990
  • Mental Health First Aid Certification, 2012
  • Certified Polysomnographic Technologist [CPSGT], Highline Community College, 2013
  • Registered Polysomnographic Technologist [RPSGT] national board certification, 2013
  • Certificate of Clinical Sleep Health Educator [CCSH] national board certification, 2014
Writing conferences and conventions
  • Associated Writing Programs (multiple: Chicago 2004, New York City 2005, Vancouver BC 2008, Chicago 2009)
    Book fair, panel moderator, panel participant, reading participant, attendee
  • Chicago Womens Writing Conference, 1998
    Attendee
  • Field's End Writers Conference
    Attendee, 2007
    Conference Director, 2008, 2009
  • Foolscap Convention, 2005, 2006, 2010
    Panelist
  • Hugo House Writers Conference, 2010
    Attendee and Conference Adviser
  • Norwescon Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention
    Panelist, 2003, 2004
    Attendee, 2002, 2011, 2012
  • Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, 2007
    Panel moderator
  • Pacific Northwest Writers AssociationContest banquet guest, 2012 -- FINALIST, mystery novel category
    Panelist, 2004
  • Port Townsend Writer's Conference (annually, 1995 - )
    Afternoon workshop facilitator, 2010
    Attendee or resident all other years except 2013
  • Portland Zine Symposium, 2003
    Zine fair, 2003
  • Whidbey Island Writers Conference 2003
    Attendee
  • Write on the Sound Writers Conference
    Student, 2002
    Workshop facilitator, 2003
Featured reader events and fundraisers
  • Washington State Sleep Society conference lecturer, Bremerton, WA 2014
  • Kahini.org rooftop fundraiser, Seattle, 2014
  • Fault Lines Release Party, Gig Harbor Library, Gig Harbor, 2012
  • Fault Lines Release Party, Richard Hugo House, Seattle, 2012
  • Penumbra Release Party, Eagle Harbor Books, Bainbridge Island, 2012
  • Soft Launch, Like Water for Quarks, Norwescon, SeaTac, WA, 2011
  • Richard Hugo House guest speaker, Seattle, WA 2011
  • SFWC guest speaker, Eagle Harbor Books, Bainbridge Island, WA 2010
  • KGB Bar reading sponsored by Mad Hatter's Review, New York City, 2008 
  • It's About Time reading series, Seattle, 2007
  • Jane's Stories reading series, with Bette Lynch Husted and Kat Vellos, In Other Words Books, Portland, 2007 
  • ProseWest, with Bette Lynch Husted and Kat Vellos, Newberry Books, Seattle, 2007 
  • Ugly Mug Reading Series, with Bette Lynch Husted and Kat Vellos, Newberry Books, Seattle, 2007 
  • ProseWest "Pacific Northwest Magical Realists," with Kathleen Alcal and Wayne Ude, Epilogue Books, Seattle, 2005 
  • "Magical Realist Poetry" with Marjorie Rommel, Erin Fristad and Marge Manwaring, The Richard Hugo House, 2005 
  • "A Night of Magic Realism and Midnight Liar's Fest," Our Town Cafe, sponsored by Margin, Vancouver BC, 2005 
  • Margin 5th Anniversary Celebration, Lottie Mott's, 2005 
  • A Wave of Caring: Tsunami Benefit Concert, 2005
  • Featured guest, Woodinville Barnes & Noble, 2004
  • Jewel Box Theater featured reader, 2004, 2008
  • Norwescon featured reader, Midnight Special reading event, 2004 
  • Featured reader and hostess, O Taste and See! Food Poems, Russian Tea Time, Chicago, 2004 
  • "Poetry Is: Island Poets In Performance and Conversation" video feature with Neil Baker and Marian McDonald, Bainbridge Island Broadcasting special, 2003 
  • Lottie Motts featured reader, 2002-2003 
  • Otis Cafe featured reader, 2002 
  • PEN Washington Internet Marketing for Writers panel moderator, 2002 
  • Poets for Peace, September 11th Red Cross fundraiser, 2001
  • Kitsap Community Arts Center featured reader, 2001 
  • Poulsbohemian Coffeehouse featured reader, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004 
  • Featured lecturer, Prairie Moon Coffeehouse, 1998
  • Barnes & Noble Writers Harvest featured reader, 1997
Community building and leadership
  • Multiple Sclerosis Unplugged || Admin, Facebook, 2015-present
  • Binders || Member at large, Facebook (several iterations by region), 2013-present
  • Washington State Sleep Society || Secretary, Executive Board, 2013-present
  • Sleep Health in G+ || Admin, Google Plus, 2013-present
  • Wednesday Women's Writing || Group facilitator, Bainbridge Island, 2010-2012
  • Pacific Northwest Writers Group || Admin, Facebook, 2008-2011
  • Field's End || Core Team board member, Conference Director, Bainbridge Island, WA 2008-09
  • The Richard Hugo House || Board member, volunteer, 2004-2010 (not consecutively)
  • The Hive || Writers marketing group facilitator, 2001-2007
  • Jane's Stories Press Foundation || Women's writing collective co-founder, 1998-2010 
Workshop facilitation and guest teaching
  • Writer's Platform 101, Richard Hugo House, Seattle, 2010
  • Sharpen Your Pencils (NaNoWriMo), Field's End, Bainbridge Island, 2010
  • MR 101: Magical Realism Basics, Centrum, Port Townsend WA, 2010
  • Blogging for Writers, Centrum, Port Townsend WA, 2010
  • Social Networking 101, Bainbridge Public Library, Bainbridge Island, 2010
  • Blogging 101, 102 and 103, BIMPRD, Bainbridge Island, 2009-10
  • "Diagnosis: MR" magical realism workshop, MRCentral.net, 2008 
  • "Wet Dog Poems" revision workshop, Writer's Rainbow, 2008
  • "Curses!" magical realism workshop, MRCentral.net, 2007 
  • Workshop facilitator: Writer's Marketing Groups, PNWA, 2004 
  • Highline Community College guest lecturer, World Literature, Des Moines WA, 2004
  • "What Is Magical Realism?", Norwescon, 2003, 2004 
  • Writing workshop facilitator, Mundelein Park District, 1999 (various offerings) 
  • Writing workshop facilitator, Mount Prospect Library, 1999 (new writers workshop) 
  • Writing intensives instructor, Wild Dove Writers Studio, 1999 (short fiction workshop) 
Other memberships and relationships
  • Roundtable leader, Field's End, 2005-2006 
  • Small Press, Artists and Writers Network, 2006-2009 
  • Indie Press webgroup (hosted by CLMP), 2004-2007 
  • The Speculative Literature Foundation, 2004-2007 
  • PEN Washington/PEN USA WEST, 2002-2005
  • The Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, 2001-2007
  • River Oak Arts, 1996-1999 
  • BAAC writer's workshop, 1995-1996