I have two vocations: writing, editing, and indexing, and seasonal sheep shearing and hoof trimming. My six-year-old business is registered in San Francisco.
My first book, Raw Material, was a finalist for the WILLA and Northern California Book Awards and shortlisted for the Northern California Independent Booksellers Award. My writing has appeared in numerous publications, most recently Grit Magazine and Hippocampus, and I am at work on a novel.
I provide writing, editing, ghostwriting, proofreading, copy editing, book and database indexing, controlled vocabulary, taxonomy, and related services. People sharing their stories and finding credible information is fundamental to an open, democratic society. Learn more about my educational and professional background on LinkedIn.
My locally sourced and manufactured yarn is sold under the Waste Knot label on the cooperatively-owned Fibershed Marketplace, and I speak about regenerative agriculture, sheep, and wool terroir on podcasts and at numerous yarn shops, fiber festivals, guild meetings, schools, and events.
You shear sheep?!
Yes. I am an actual, certified sheep shearer and wool classer. West by Midwest is the name of my sheep shearing business. It is a double entendre: My husband is from the West and I’m from the Midwest, and I migrated from Detroit to San Francisco by way of a six-year stop in Chicago.
I began shearing sheep in 2013 because I’d heard there was a shortage of sheep shearers. It was true. Through referrals, my shearing side gig grew over the course of the next two years and, in mid 2015, I quit my day job to shear more, finish my book, and provide professional writing and editorial services.
I still shear throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. I also trim hooves and horns, assist with lambing, and grade, sort and skirt wool, both for commercial sale and for textile product design purposes. I will do all of these things for as long as my body permits.
I love sheep, other shearers, and my customers, all of whom are critical to the establishment of a truly regenerative, sustainable textile industry and to soil preservation and wildfire fuel reduction.