I graduated with two Bachelor of Arts degrees (English and anthropology) from Purdue University in 1993. My first job after college was as a copy editor at Macmillan Publishing, in the Sams imprint. Within five years, I was promoted to production editor and then managing editor. I then moved to California, where I worked for five years at what was then Core, Inc., as a documentation specialist. When the company closed its offices, I continued working at contract technical writing jobs until I moved to Canada in 2008. I volunteered for Riverkeeper before being hired there in 2009 as an office manager. My responsibilities were varied and included grant writing and editing, website content writing, and newsletter creation.
When that position was canceled in 2012, I began work that same year at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) as a program assistant. I helped students navigate and understand our programs and acted as Safety & Security documentation specialist as well as updated our websites with information about student activity and safety. I also managed our department's records management. During this career, I presented a speech and writer's workshop at the Vancouver EcoCity summit, which BCIT hosted. In March 2020 my family moved to Halifax, NS, where I currently reside.
I've also done a great deal of personal work in the field of nature writing, including operating a small publishing company, Moon Willow Press (MWP). MWP opened in 2009 and is closing in 2022. In 2019 I opened an imprint, Dragonfly Publishing, which will continue indefinitely as my own publishing, writing, and editing service. I also founded and curate the Dragonfly.eco website, which explores environmental fiction around the world. Dragonfly opened in 2013. I have been the main writer and editor for the site and have interviewed major authors in the field, such as Jeff VanderMeer, Julia Phillips, Edan Lepucki, Omar El Akkad, David Brin, Helon Habila, Pitchaya Sudbanthad, Emmi Itäranta , and many more. My articles have also appeared at, Fjord's Review, Climate Cultures, Artists and Climate Change, the Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts, and, upcoming, at the Chicago Review of Books. My work has been translated into Chinese (Science Magazine) and Italian (Zest Letteratura Sostenibile).
In 2013, I published my first novel, Back to the Garden (under pen name Clara Hume). The novel was recommended reading at LitHub, Sierra Club, and Queensland University of Technology--and was discussed at Dissent Magazine and in the following publications, Gary Paul Nabhan (2016). Ethnobiology for the Future: Linking Cultural and Ecological Diversity. University of Arizona Press, p. 278. Martin Bunzi (2014). Uncertainty and the Philosophy of Climate Change. Routledge, p. 175. My newest book, Bird Song: A Novella, is out in November 2020. I also contributed a story about rafting the Atnarko River in search of grizzly bears and salmon to Stormbird Press's anthology Tales from the River (2018).