Anchor Magazine

Professional Bio

I hold a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University, where my studies were supported by a Mellon Fellowship and a Jacob Davits Fellowship, and where I won the Bunner Prize for Best American Essay. I also hold a B.A. from Harvard where I graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. I’m a certified Kundalini yoga teacher and an Order of Interbeing aspirant in Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plum Village Tradition.

I’ve been a professor at MIT, Lesley, and at Stonehill College, where I was a visiting writer.

As the founder of Align Your Story, I’ve worked with thousands of students as a writing and development coach. My unique approach to teaching writing and as a development coach brings together the best of craft and process. I offer poetry classes and memoir classes in Cambridge, MA, and teach mindful writing to students around the world in my online writing courses, Align Your Story and Write From Your Center. I’ve also given popular workshops and talks on such topics as creative writing, integrating the mind and body, claiming our full stories, healing and re-imagining trauma, and women’s power at The Copper Beech Institute, Grub Street, The Muse and the Marketplace, The Mass Poetry Festival, Om Namo Yoga Center, The Harvard Divinity School, Boston College and many other places.

My writing has won numerous awards, including a PEN/NE Discovery Award in Poetry, and my debut poetry collection, The High Shelf, was published in the fall of 2019 with The Word Works Press. My essay “Listening to My Body” appears in the anthology The Anatomy of Silence: Twenty-Six Stories About All the Sh** That Gets in the Way of Speaking About Sexual Violence.

My poems and creative nonfiction have been widely published in more than eighty national publications including The New Yorker, American Poetry Review, Spirituality & Health, Lion’s Roar, Truthout,, American Scholar,, Literary Imagination, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, Yes! Magazine, Yale Review, Southwest Review, Boston Globe Magazine, Conjunctions, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Women’s Studies Quarterly, LA Review of Books, Volt, Columbia: A Journal, elephant journal, Appalachia, and Tiny Buddha.

I am the writer in residence at Northeastern's Center For Spirituality, Dialogue and Service, a Research Scholar at the Ronin Institute and I was a founding editor at the spirituality and social justice magazine, Anchor. And of course, I’m the founder of Align Your Story classes and coaching.

I live in Cambridge, MA with my husband, Eric Colburn, and our two children.

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