I am a writer in progress, and I see things. I write fiction, poetry, and personal essays. I am most interested in exploring the dramatic intersections of faith, region, and family. I live in West Virginia with my husband and my cat. She/her.
When I say I write about Appalachia: Appalachia is a region of the United States defined by culture, mountains, and hollers. The part of Appalachia I find myself in was the hunting grounds of multiple Indigenous peoples, most recently of the ᏣᎳᎫᏪᏘᏱ Tsalaguwetiyi (Cherokee, East). I share breath with a creation I do not own and cannot control. Everywhere I walk, I am a guest.
When I say I write about my faith: I am trying to walk the Way of the Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, toward love, mercy, justice, and peace. I was rooted in the charismatic movements of Pentecostalism, taught grace by United Methodists, and am currently finding wings in the teachings of the Catholic mystics, contemplatives, and Franciscans.