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I grew up on Grand Island, surrounded by woods along the banks of the Niagara River. Places filled with the raw power of nature are one of the main inspirations in my writing. Later, I lived in the Midwest and then the Northeast. I graduated from Hollins College in the Blue Ridge Mountains and attended graduate school in the Ozarks of Arkansas. I seek out places of beauty that are untouched, but Iím drawn in my novels to understand towns, families, marriages, and lovers. My books take place in different areas of the country, and a sense of place is always essential to them.

My awards include a Notable Book of the Year Award from the New York Times and fellowships from the Kentucky State Arts Councils, the Kentucky Foundation for Women and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.  My stories and poetry have been published in numerous magazines including The Southern Review, Kansas Quarterly, The Wisconsin Review, Clapboard House, New England Watershed, The Seattle Review, Poet Lore, and the Mid-American Review
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