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I'm a New Englander at heart, born into a French-Canadian family in the broad Connecticut River valley of western Massachusetts. In college, I studied literature and writing, biology, and all things medieval. I love rivers, farms, insects, oceans and mountains; slippers, hot beverages and board games; story-telling, dogs and music. If I could do anything, I would be a freelance writer and homesteader.

After graduating from Mount Holyoke College in 2006, I spent a year teaching English on a tiny atoll in the Marshall Islands; worked as a copywriter and editor for an academic publishing company in Vermont; built trails and did conservation, forestry and hydrology work in Idaho; took at-risk Alaskan teenagers on seven week wilderness expeditions; worked on an organic farm for troubled kids on the Big Island of Hawaii; wrote for a newspaper in New Hampshire/Vermont; briefly managed a backcountry lodge in Alaska, went back to working with at-risk teens, then spent six months as a sea kayak guide in Milford Sound, New Zealand. Whew. When I worried to a friend about my haphazard and lengthy resume, he said, "Writers don't have resumes. They have experiences."

I want to experience this world fully, and tell the stories of the people and places I run into. I want to build my own house. I want to live simply and nurture relationships with the people I love and know where my food comes from. I want to surround myself with creativity and beauty.

I like to learn new things, but I have such a range of interests that I rarely master any of them. I'm learning banjo, woodworking, photography, beekeeping and fermenting stuff. I'm constantly working at being a better writer, paddler, gardener and snowboarder, and I strive to see the world with my eyes wide open.

When I'm not busy paying the bills, I'm open to taking on writing or editing projects. Just contact me at

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