Writing-wise, Louisa P. has acquired lots of gold stars 🙂 by publishing twelve short stories in journals such as Northwest Review, Bellingham Review, and Calyx – one of which was awarded the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction. With a BA from Vassar and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, she has taught composition, literature, and writing pedagogy at the University of Washington, Evergreen State College, and several community colleges, as well as having directed the UW’s English Department Writing Center for five years. She currently edits dissertations and teaches all forms of writing one-to-one.
Life-wise, Louisa has 22 years clean and sober; she works an active program of meetings, stepwork, and service in AA and Al-Anon that has endowed her with a loving family both humongous and diverse. In addition to summiting glaciered volcanoes (Rainier, Baker, Adams, Glacier Peak & St. Helens), she enjoys long distance (100 mile +) through-hikes in the Cascades, Rockies, and Sierra Nevada, a few of them completed solo, and in 2011 bicycled from Seattle to San Francisco. She’s also an advanced-intermediate ballet dancer, a vegetarian with backyard chickens, and mom to a 15-year-old son. Finally, she regularly attends meetings of the International Association of Near Death Studies in Seattle, where she was featured as a presenter in January 2012.
A Spiritual Evolution (here on Amazon) is her addiction memoir, told with the humor and wisdom of hindsight yet interspersed with raw suffering from the author’s diary. It tells Louisa’s story, beginning with the self-harming disorder she developed growing up in an alcoholic home and following the desperate pursuit of okayness through drinking and infatuation that led her to hit bottom at 34. Finally willing to listen, she learned how working the 12 steps could enable her to tap an inner resource that has led her through subsequent upheavals and losses toward happiness. Woven through is the account of her Near Death Experience and its continuing after-effects that, for Louisa, have erased all doubt of an active and powerful spirit world. The Kindle version’s Afterward outlines her non-religious view of god, also published as a separate booklet, God Evolved.
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