I’m so grateful to Willamette Week for the chance to write about my top mid-valley breweries in their annual beer guide.

I covered Yachats, Mazama (a hometown go-to), Deluxe, Falling Sky, Gilgamesh and Siuslaw. Also got to mention favorite nearby spots for good eating, from Pepper Tree Sausage in Albany to the unmissable Pie Shack in Alsea. One of my favorite things about doing assignments like this is shining my little light on great people doing good, delicious (hard!) work.

Check out the full beer guide here: http://www.wweek.com/beer-guide-2018/


I was lucky enough to get a media pass to Feast Portland, one of my absolute favorite food festivals, and spent a long weekend going from one fun, delicious and impeccably planned event to another. My riff on a recap, highlighting my top home cooking tips gleaned from Feast, is live on The Daily Meal.


The first published essay in what I’m thinking will be my next book project–a nonfiction collection all about food. Thanks to Edible Vineyard for having me again.


A happy distraction. A pocket of (sometimes hilarious) magic. I’m such a goat yoga believer and wrote about the experience in my latest for Paste Magazine.


My essay ‘Sandplain Grassland’, about my time as a food-writer-in-residence at the FARM Institute & Noepe Center for Literary Arts on Martha’s Vineyard, was published in Edible Vineyard’s Spring 2016 issue and is now available online. This is the first piece I’ve ever had illustrated and I just love all of them although the one of Elvis the muscovy duck has my heart. All he wanted was to nip shoes and eat cracked corn and waddle around in the sun.

Honored to have been nominated for a Pushcart Prize for the past two years—in 2014 for “Becoming an Outdoorswoman” (published in Joyland Magazine), and in 2015 for “The Keeper” (published in Bodega Magazine).

A nice write-up on my Farm Institute/Noepe Center for Literary Arts scholarship in the Martha’s Vineyard Times. Click here to read.

I’m thrilled and honored to have been selected as the inaugural Farm Scholarship recipient from the Noepe Center for Literary Arts in Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard. I’ll be spending two weeks on the island in September, working at the Farm Institute in the mornings and writing.


My love letter to the quahog is up at Serious Eats.

BuckteethStudents in my Food Writing class last term composed, designed, and edited a new online food magazine called Buckteeth. From an interview-driven piece on wasabi farming on the Oregon Coast to a personal essay about Chinese New Year and dumpling-making, its inaugural issue is loaded with food writing you can sink your teeth into. Check it out!

Check out my memoir essay about growing up Boston Irish, Irish food, and a research trip I took to Connemara at Paste Magazine.

My short story ‘The Keeper’ is in Bodega Magazine‘s March Issue.

I put together a dream pint by pint itinerary to Corvallis for Portland Monthly. Check it out here.

My short story ‘Becoming an Outdoorswoman’ is up at Joyland Magazine, the first in their series featuring Pacific Northwest authors. Expect a thirty-something woman in crisis and lots of rock climbing. Click here.

Literary City Guide Corvallis

I recommend cream puff swans and logger bar Thai in my Literary City Guide to Corvallis on Eat This Poem. Check it out here.


I come in at number four on Her Kind’s top 111 “firsts” in eleven words. Online here. I guess it didn’t matter that mine was only ten…


My short piece on the Boston bombings and their aftermath is up at The Oregonian online here.


My short story ‘When the Turkeys Came,’ published in Streetlight Magazine, can be found here.



4 thoughts on “Writing

  1. I am working my way thru your writing and absolutely love it. Grateful for the opportunity. I can picture you in your little studio, smiling that smile when you nail it. Can’t wait get my hands on the novel.

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