As the author of four books and hundreds of shorter pieces, I have discovered that I keep coming back to moments of travel and cross-cultural encounter. The newest book, a memoir about my own “year of living dangerously,” is no exception. Running to the Fire (University of Iowa Press, 2015) chronicles what it was like to be part of a missionary family living in Ethiopia during a Marxist revolution, back when parliamentary leaders were getting executed and shop-front posters illustrated Uncle Sam being strangled by an Ethiopian soldier. If you want to order, just hit the book cover below:
Book a Guest Author Event
Currently, I am the Director of Creative Writing at Waldorf College, and I teach annually at the University of Iowa Summer Writing Festival. I love to visit colleges, libraries, and book clubs as a guest author. To schedule a visit, feel free to send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Feb. 25, 2016, 6-7 pm–Reading at Eastlund Room, Bethel College, Minneapolis (open to the public, and free)
March 8, 2016, 6-7:30 pm–Reading at Couchman Reading Room, University of Dubuque, Iowa (open to the public and free)
March 31, 2016, 1-2:00 pm–Book signing at University of Iowa Press Booth, Book Fair, AWP Conference, JW Marriott Hotel, Los Angeles (conference participants only)
April 4, 2016, 11:15 am–Reading at Newton DMACC Campus in Newton, Iowa (open to the public, and free)
April 14, 15, or 16–Panel presentation (Seeing the World Anew: Notes from Third-Culture Writers) at Festival of Faith and Writing, Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
April 28, 2016, 8:00 P.M.–Reading at Final Thursday Reading Series, Hearst Center for the Arts, University of Northern Iowa (open to the public, and free)