Greetings! I’m an essayist based in Austin, TX. I write about women and women’s history (especially culture and the arts). (Click here to see a sampling of my clips.) I’ve contributed to publications including The New York Times, Village Voice, Houston Chronicle, and the Texas Observer.
In the past several years I have returned full-force to writing, my first love, after spending 17 years as a university professor switch-hitting between scholarly books and journalism. My writer’s life had begun in high school, when Mrs. Abitabilo scribbled at the top of a book review assignment: “Have you considered journalism as a career?” I did, and eventually found myself at The Pittsburgh Press with a college summer internship and then a full-time job offer. (Click here to see my complete resume.)
Fast forward through countless articles and six books: these days I am pulling together all the threads of my career as feature writer, editor, scholar, and critic. I write essays that blend research/reporting with personal experience — in a voice that is curious and companionable.
I am a “keen” gardener, as they say in England, and a passionate traveler. This year it’s Santa Fe, New York, Philly, London, and British gardens for the fourth year in a row. I am married to an Australian and spend much of each year in Sydney. As for reading books (you can’t take the girl out of academia), I can do that anywhere . . .