Born in the sagebrush— la poète was an artist and naturalist when her mother still dressed her in overalls. Writing in the dust under juniper trees and the losses therein cultivated a parched humor and Irish-Catholic surrealism. At seventeen, she moved to “The Biggest Little City in the World” to play trumpet professionally while studying music, literature, and sciences of the occidental variety.
At home in the mountains, she abides in a northern California cottage, where the Sierra Nevada meet the Cascades. Firefighter and fire lookout, she spent ten years living off-grid atop mountain peaks and poking at a typewriter from a house in the forest. As an intellectual, she is dedicated to research, teaching, and activism through socio-cultural anthropology, at present.
Writer and musician– she has recited and performed her original words and music at open-mics in the American West. She also interprets American folk music with coffee and whisky. So far, her poetry has appeared in Haggard & Halloo, the Cosumnes River Journal, and local and online publications.
A person of humanity, she has worked to support indigenous sovereignty through traditional ecology, especially Native American Mountain Maidu communities of California. More recently, returned from living in a small provincial city in western Tanzania of equatorial Africa, la poète seeks to understand understand varied meanings of family, home, healing, and music. She is particularly fond of Tanzanian concepts of kinship and family, and Congolese song and dance.