Welcome!  I’m a writer, a trout fisherman, a gardener and orchardist, a keeper of chickens and sheep, a lover of books and family and wild places, and in the fall and spring, a professor of literature and creative writing at the University of Wisconsin—Oshkosh.  More details about my life and work appear in the links above.  Thanks for visiting. 

“Reading fiction is important. It is a vital means of imagining a life other than our own, which in turn makes us more empathetic beings. Following complex story lines stretches our brains beyond the 140 characters of sound-bite thinking, and staying within the world of a novel gives us the ability to be quiet and alone, two skills that are disappearing faster than the polar icecaps.”

– Ann Patchett