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Tuesday, October 25, 2017, 7 pm

Stories, Stories
The Mercury Cafe 
2199 California St.,
Denver, CO 

 

 

 

My writing intersects the fields of law and literature, with the voices of contemporary women. 

Currently I am the Poetry Editor for The Colorado Independent.  During the seventies I was a co-founder and writer for Big Mama Rag: a women' s newsjournal, published in Denver from 1972-1982. I wrote articles for Quest: a feminist quarterly, a chapter in Our Right to Love, and the Afterword for Maureen Brady' s novel, Give Me Your Good Ear (Spinsters Ink). For several years I owned and operated Antelope Publications, which published in pamphlet form speeches by feminist authors and leaders, Charlotte Bunch and Adrienne Rich.

For the next 25 years I worked primarily as a lawyer, a judge, a law professor, and writer. In collaboration with others, I established a victim advocacy organization, a specialized protective orders court, legislative changes, domestic violence courses, a clemency reform project for women in prison who killed their abusers, and a legal services clinic for battered women. For six years I worked as a child advocate.

I have a Master's degree in creative writing and have won a half dozen writing awards, most recently my novel, My Sisters Made of Light was named a finalist for the Colorado Book Award in Literary Fiction. My poetry and non-fiction have been published by Ms., The Denver Quarterly, Tumblewords: Writers Reading the West, Empire Magazine, The Bloomsbury Review, Disturbing the Peace, Texas Journal on Women and the Law, and Harvard Women's Law Journal, as well as The Denver Post. I co-edited an anthology, Beyond Portia: Women Law and Literature in the U.S, published by Northeastern University Press (1977).

I have won writing awards in nonfiction and in poetry: 2015 Ziggies poet of the year, 2009 Solas Silver Women's Travel Writing Award and 1997 Rocky Mountain MLA Essay Award; 2009 TCL Poetry Contest, 2000 CLEA Creative Writing, 1997 Denver Press Club, 1997 Colorado Council on the Arts fellowship; 1994 William Battrick Award; 1995 Rocky Mountain Women's Institute.

I have studied with and been influenced by many generous writers, including Chris Abani, Dorothy Allison, Judith Barrington, Olga Broumas, Rebecca Brown, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Ted Conover, Andre Dubus III, Alexandra Fuller, Patricia Hampl, Linda Hogan, Marilyn Krysl, William Matthews, W.S. Merwin, Alicia Ostriker, and Bin Ramke.

I have published scholarship on topics such as social research, ethics, clinical legal education, and law and literature in Loyola Law Review, Clinical Law Review and Harvard Women's Law Journal. I have lectured throughout the U.S. about violence against women. I have lectured at Metropolitan State University and University of Colorado in courses related to women, law, literature and violence.

In 2010 my debut novel, My Sisters Made of Light was published by Press 53 and was a finalist for the 2011 Colorado Book Award in Literary Fiction.  In 2016 my first book of poems, What Remains, was published by Turkey Buzzard Press. I published 250 copies of my poem book, Restitching the Sky, signed and numbered, handset, designed, letterpress printing with seven binding done by Tom Parson. This book is not for sale, but may be used for educational purposes.