Big Slide Mountain, Keene Valley, NY - photo by Jessi Derr

"I go to the mountains to find sacred ground."



I am a Vermont writer with a a B.A. in English from the University of Connecticut. After a successful career in public relations and marketing, I downsized my work life to devote more energy to writing. By day I'm a storyteller for businesses and organizations, creating digital content, video scripts and product stories. Click here to learn more about those services.

I primarily write poetry and song lyrics, with a smattering of fiction and nonfiction. I'm an active member of the Burlington Writer’s Workshop, a nonprofit writing support and educational organization based in Burlington VT.

I'm Poetry Co-Editor of Mud Season Review. My own work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tuck Magazine, Stonecoast Review, Red Wolf JournalMockingHeart Review, HerStory and 2017 Best of the Burlington Writer's Workshop.

I live with my husband in northwestern Vermont close to Lake Champlain, the Green Mountains and the beautiful province of Quebec. I took up snowboarding in my forties, and completed hiking the 46 High Peaks of the Adirondacks in 2011. My guiding motto appeared not long ago on the license plate of a coworker's car - NVR2L8.

Kayaking at Kill Kare State Park, St. Albans, Vermont

Kayaking at Kill Kare State Park, St. Albans, Vermont