Show Notes

A prize winning nonfiction writer’s account of a troubled adolescence spent immersed in alcohol, drugs, and crime.

She is author of "Body Leaping Backward: Memoir of a Delinquent Girlhood". Her essays and memoirs have been published in Creative Nonfiction, Fourth Genre, The Florida Review, New England Review, and River Teeth, among others. She has received the Iowa Review Prize, the American Literary Review Prize, Pushcart Prizes, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and Maine Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowships. She has an M.F.A. from Ohio State University, and teaches at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Visit her at

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