About Crystal

LrMobile2906-2016-080416659647677496Hi there!

I’m a writer, Assistant Professor of Humanities, and Assistant Director of Tutoring at a small, private university in central Washington state. I also preach regularly at the local Episcopal church.

My husband is a director of technology services at a large nonprofit healthcare organization, and we are the adoptive parents of a teenage boy.

Here on the blog, you can expect posts about writing, reading, higher education, parenting (especially issues unique to foster, adoptive, and multiracial families), social and environmental issues, faith, and current events.

I have an M.F.A. in Writing from Pacific University and a B.A. in English from Washington State University, where I also studied social and environmental justice.

My writing has been published in Exponent II, Silk Road Review, GlassFire Magazine, Soul Paws, Peer Review, and Spark: A Creative Anthology and has won both the Hawkings Award and the Penni Richards scholarship. Pacific University nominated my personal essay “Enough” for an AWP Intro Award, and my critical essay on Linda Hogan’s environmental novel Solar Storms was a finalist for the Northwest Undergraduate Conference on Literature’s Brass NUCL Award.

I am writing a book-length memoir.

You can engage with me on Facebook here, or Twitter here.

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