My friends know me as “Kathy.” I enjoy gardening and being outside watching nature be itself. I enjoy reading and writing and “giving things away.” I believe that we are here on this earth to give of ourselves and our talents to any one who asks of us, and I have tried to do that my whole life.

I grew up in Belleville, Michigan and attended Belleville High School. I began college at Wayne State University and then left to work at North Campus, Phoenix Library, University of Michigan. There I met my husband, Jack Stevens. We moved to Dubuque, Iowa where I received my B.S. degree with a double major in English and History/ Secondary Education. I began teaching in Dubuque and taught there for 31 years at the Extension School, Dubuque Senior High School, Dubuque Hempstead High School, and Central Alternative High School. It was during my time at Senior that I earned my M.A. in English at Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, Vermont. I continued course work in education, writing, journalism, and history at Loras College, Clarke College, the University of Iowa, the University of Northern Iowa, the University of Wisconsin @ Platteville, etc. Currently I take coursework at the University of Dayton online, though I have been retired since 2005.

Currently I facilitate a writing group, and have a collection of writing articles that I am happy to share, as well as lessons that we use at Brush Creek Writers.

I volunteer at my home church, St. Augustine in Hillman, whose bulletin and newsletter articles are also available.

I also volunteer at Brush Creek Mill, a cultural, historical and entertainment venue in Hillman, Michigan.