Other experiments in science communication

I write poems that find larger meaning in scraps of natural history, and use traditionally feminine forms of craft like embroidery and quilting to convey scientific information and a sense of wonder at the natural world. Here are some examples:


The Cat & the Coronavirus

The Last Word on Nothing, May 15, 2020 (creative nonfiction)


Early Spring in Virginia

Hawk and Whippoorwill, Summer 2020 (poem)


Bats: A Documentary

Music for Myotises, Pen and Anvil Press, 2020 (poem)



Story Seed Vault, May 24, 2018 (micro/flash fiction)



Cascadia Rising Review, Spring 2019 (poem)


To these legacy chemicals

For Love of Orcas: An Anthology, Wandering Aengus Press, 2019 (poem)


Sermon on the Colossal Squid

My poem appeared in the “Secrets of the Sea” exhibition at Atrium Art Gallery of the University of Maine at Lewiston in fall 2014.  Poems for Tube Snouts and other Secrets of the Sea (PDF) is a chapbook of poems from the exhibition.


Embroidered Birdsong, 2013

An assignment in Sierra Nelson’s “The Animals” class at Richard Hugo House asked us to represent visually what the calls of various birds sound like. Names of birds (crow – black; Anna’s hummingbird – green) are embroidered in Braille using French knots.


Giant Slug, 2012

Glow-in-the-dark embroidery floss on secondhand textiles exhibited at Smoke Farm “Farm Time” festival.


Flying Geese Quilt, 2011

Quilt made from contemporary quilting cotton, vintage feed sack, and secondhand textiles exhibited at Smoke Farm “Lo-Fi” festival.