Biography of a Berrypicker

Julie Gard enjoys living in an atmospheric old house, except for rotting storm windows and other eternal repairs. She loves her backyard full of berries though not when picking bucket #11. While she used to live for dangerous world travel, she is now a committed homebody, albeit one who envisions spending the occasional night on the other end of town in a canned ham trailer.

When not pondering the metaphorical possibilities of abandoned craft projects and litter, Julie teaches writing at the University of Wisconsin Superior. She has a B.A. in English from Grinnell College, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Minnesota, and a certificate proving she survived a year of dodging car bombs in Vladivostok, Russia as a Fulbright Graduate Fellow.

The Barbara Deming Memorial Fund and Arrowhead Regional Arts Council have been kind enough to grant her grants. Her prose poems and stories have appeared in 50 or so literary magazines and anthologies, she has given 50 or so readings and presentations, and altogether she has 20 fingers and toes, unlike her Russian-Armenian host father, who has 19 1/2. She has published chapbooks with Finishing Line Press and Tiger's Eye Press and a full-length collection, Home Studies, with New Rivers Press.

Julie lives a block from Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota with her partner, the poet Michelle Matthees, their Norwegian Forest cat, and their rambunctious hound-mix pup. Her grown daughter, she is still getting used to saying, lives across town.