1962 Writer and Literary Translator. Now working on a memoir, I Married an.
to Arsonist, to be published by Skyhorse.
present > Because the Cat Purrs: How We Relate to Other Species and Why It Matters.
Skyhorse Publishing, 2008.
1973 Founder and Facilitator, Memoir Writing Workshop, 2003 to present, Staunton-
to Augusta YMCA, Staunton, Virginia.
Adjunct Faculty, Adult Degree Program, 1983 to 2000; Instructor, Continuing
Education, 1984 to 1992, Mary Baldwin College, Staunton, Virginia.
English Composition, Creative Writing, Memoir-Writing
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Writing-Related Teaching (continued )
Visiting Lecturer, Creative Writing Program, Princeton University, Spring, 1982.
Conducted a workshop in literary translation.
Volunteer Leader, Creative Righters' Workshop, Staunton Correctional Center, June,
1978 to June 1984. Initiated and led a weekly word-spree attended by con artists, jailhouse lawyers, and other residents of a medium-security state prison.
Readings and Workshops
1973 Letting the ham loose with readings of original work and translations in various settings
to from suit-tie-gloves to blue jeans: Stanford University, Appalachian State, Princeton,
present University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Virginia Wesleyan, libraries, bookstores
throughout the South, and in 2008, 2004, 2001, 1996, and 1992 on several National Public Radio affiliates.
Conducting audience-participation workshops on subjects that include tapping right-
brain resources for stories and poems; writing and editing newsletters; writing lyrics to
existing music; and the art of literary (as opposed to literal) translation: Boston Univer- sity, Roanoke College, University of Kansas, Virginia Wesleyan, and others.
All-Purpose Volunteer. Acting as archivist, Hospice of the Shenandoah, 2005 to present. Selling tickets and concessions, Staunton Performing Arts Center, 2005 to present. Typing newsletter indices, Augusta County Historical Society, 2005-2007.
Gardener, growing vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruit trees-and copious weeds-in a small urban
yard, and putting up enough tomatoes to last the winter. Out with grass, in with all else!
Currently certified as a Virginia Master Gardener.
Miscellany Judge, Phil Reed Awards, Southern Environmental Law Center, 2008.
Grantee, National Endowment for the Arts for literary translation, 2005.
Member, PEN American Center, 1974 to 2005. Served as a judge for the PEN/
Jerard Fund Award for women writers of nonfiction, 1991. Served on the
Prison Writing Committee; judged poetry manuscripts for the annual
Panelist, North Carolina Arts Council, screening applications in literature for the
Directory of touring artists, 1996; vetting fellowship and grant applications,
Winner, First Annual Nature Writing Award, Sierra magazine, 1988.
Education Graduate studies, Classics, with an emphasis on oral poetry and translation,
Boston University, 1974-1975,
A.B., Classics, Middlebury College, 1953.
Virgil, the Green Man, the natural world,
I Married an Arsonist
The Nature Conservancy
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