Born and raised in England, I moved to the U.S. in 1979. After living on the Arizona/Utah border for a couple of years, I went back to school to earn a Master's degree in English at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. I completed my MA in 1984, and went on to the University of Arizona where I earned a Ph.D. in 1990. I worked at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah from 1990 to 2016.
My dissertation explored the semiotics of quilting, and many of my publications focus on quilts in literature and culture. I also write and publish personal essays. As well as teaching a variety of writing and literature classes at Weber State University, I was also a part-time administrator, first running the Writing Across the Curriculum Program, then co-coordinating First Year Experience, followed by the Bachelor of Integrated Studies Program. In my last ten years at Weber, I directed the Honors Program.
I'm married to Alan Livingston, who has three grown daughters, my bonus daughters, and we have four adorable grand children.