Creating connections between language,
medicine, faith and the world we share


My teaching and writing have ranged widely. Along with American literature, I have taught Medical Humanities, Literature and the Natural World, Portraiture and Character in Literature and Art, Approaches to Autobiography, and a variety of writing courses.

Having left full-time teaching to spend more waking hours writing, I also speak for university, church, and community groups, lead retreats and offer short courses and writing workshops. See the Events page for recent talks and topics, and contact me if you’re interested in my coming to your group or class.

In addition to books, my writing has appeared in a wide variety of academic and trade publications. Find links to some of my essays on the Other Writings page.

My deepest interests lie in connections between spirituality, language, healing earth and each other. I’m a vegetarian, have an expanding family of lovely adult children and stepchildren, children-in-law, and grandchildren, I love to hear my husband read aloud, and walk or ride the tandem by the river whenever possible. I hope to keep finding ways to help heal the planet, and don’t think we can do that without imagination, compassion, humility, and a massive paradigm shift.

Recent Books

Make A List

Word by Word

A Long Letting Go

Caring for Words

Recent Posts

The Time it Takes

At The Margins

Very Particular

Episode 5: Marilyn McEntyre on How to Play with a Poem (audio)