Written Work, owner and principal, 1990–2016
PhD in American studies, Boston University
AB with distinction in English & American literature, Brown University
“There’s a place and a time for everything,” my mother used to tell me, usually in admonition, before going on to explain why something I had done was not appropriate to either one. But now these words have become a motto—as a writer, I work at the intersection of place and time.
I’ve always been inspired by the environment in which I grew up—the mill towns, ponds, and coastlines of Maine and New Hampshire. Later I fell in love with the cities where I studied and worked. My recent travels have introduced me to still more intriguing landscapes. And I’ve always been drawn to past time, from childhood daydreams to graduate study in history. I believe, as L.P. Hartley wrote, “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”
Always a writer
As a young girl, I wrote poems and stories and kept journals. I had a bylined newspaper column when I was in high school. For 35 years, I earned my living as a marketing communications writer. During most of those years I owned my own business, Written Work, collaborating with a wide range of colleges and universities and research organizations to advance their missions.
Today, as a student in the MFA in Writing program at the University of New Hampshire, I’m learning how to become the writer I want to be from here on out—a teller of compelling stories rooted in place and time.
I’m currently working on two long-form nonfiction projects. One explores the downtown of a small New England city during the urban renewal era of the 1960s, while the other examines how an urban neighborhood in the Midwest evolved over the course of the 20th century.