I’ve worked as a freelance writer for over 20 years, am the co-author of the book, Wine Taster’s Survival Guide, and am the co-owner of Telander Gallery (that’s a lot of co-s). Though my work has been more wine and lifestyle-centric in recent years, I've written art and film reviews, a Chef's Table column – everything from multi-sports to mushroom foraging – for regional and national publications. I received a BA in Cinema-Television from the University of Southern California and lasted a hot five minutes in Hollywood. I received an MA in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Colorado at Boulder where I drank of lot of wheat grass, wore Birkenstocks, wrote tragic-comic flash fiction, and taught creative writing to kids who’d rather be snowboarding. I'm a former instructor of English at Walla Walla Community College, which won the award for Best Community College in the nation from the Aspen Institute.
I live in the small, bucolic wine country town of Walla Walla, Washington with my ridiculously talented artist husband, Todd Telander, and two ridiculously awesome sons, Miles and Oliver. I find inspiration in the little things and when I’m not writing, you can find me enjoying wine, good food, bumbling through the occasional triathlon, camping,
gardening, and tending to chickens.