So excited to share news of my forthcoming new memoir: Risking The Rapids: How My Wilderness Adventure Healed My Childhood.
I grew up in a repressed mid-century Midwest household with six other siblings, a TV-personality father, an icy mother and rivers of martinis. The shocking death of my problematic older brother in 2014 prompted me (at age 62) and other relatives to seek closure on a journey through the remotest spot in the lower forty-eight, Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness. What was described as a genial river “float” became a harrowing whitewater experience. That story, braided with the narrative of my corrosive upbringing and subsequent healing, is told in these pages.
I am eager to share that it is never too late to heal from family damage, that risk assists recovery and that being afraid is nothing to be afraid of.
Find out more about the book and see what Elizabeth Gilbert, Martha Beck, Florence Williams and several others have said here. Please preorder!
SCOTT MEYER POETRY AWARD
I’m pleased as punch to have won this wonderful award for my new poem, “Morning Coffee.” (It is under consideration elsewhere, so I can’t share it here yet.) The Millbrook Literary Festival is a grande dame among lit-fests, and Scott Meyer was a loving and mighty force in this area. It’s an honor I cherish.