teaches in the English and Women's Studies departments at Iowa State University, where she is also an academic advisor and advisor for the student-run literary journal, Sketch. She was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to the U.S with her Dutch father and Italian mother. Raised trilingually in rural Nebraska, she was naturalized when she was 17. She now lives in rural Iowa with her four children. She is the winner of the 2003 Chelsea Award for Short Fiction, and her stories have been published or are forthcoming in Literary Salt, Carve, Chelsea, Green Mountains Review, American Literary Review, Lullwater Review, The Blue Moon Review, Glimmer Train, So to Speak and a variety of literary formats.
"Spiraling," short story, Sexing the Political, May 2004