I grew up in Duluth, Minnesota, where I fell into journalism after taking a job as a clerk at the Duluth News-Tribune. Now I live in St. Paul and work for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where I am the books editor. My husband is also in the newspaper biz. We spend a lot of time Up North.
I've reported from Russia and Cuba. My work has appeared in literary and academic journals, the Chicago Tribune, the San Jose Mercury News, Minnesota Monthly magazine, and many other publications.