WITS Program Associate
As the WITS Program Associate, I get to bop around Seattle supporting all our brilliant writers who work in our public schools. Each day looks very different, but I help organize and coordinate writing residencies, curating relationships all throughout WITS. I grew up in the small inlet town of Homer, Alaska on Kachemak Bay. Before I came to SAL, I taught for many years at several universities, most recently at University of Washington. I also commercial fished for salmon each summer in Alaska. When I was a child, my favorite books were the Ramona Quimby series and the Junie B. Jones series. Both Ramona and Junie B. were strong-willed, outspoken, and hilariously wild, which spoke to who I was and who I wanted to be. Plus they were always getting into trouble, going on adventures, and being the boss (I got called bossy a lot). On my desk, you can find a collection of animal bones (my most prized a delicate song bird skull, found in Eastern Washington), anything I can find that reminds me of salmon (a mug, a framed painting by a friend, postcard of women in XtraTufs), and a framed letter from Anaïs Nin to Clementine Von Radics, reminding me how strong women are for each other through poetry.