I’m Lory — known to some from my former blog, The Emerald City Book Review. You can find out more about what the Enchanted Castle means to me here.

I live with my family in the beautiful Bernese Jura region of Switzerland, where I work part-time in a residential home for adults with developmental disabilities.

My writing has been published in a variety of print and online publications, listed below. I’m also a reviewer for Shiny New Books.

Since 2006 I’ve been an editor and book designer for the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America, and I’m also a volunteer editor for Agape Review. I offer freelance editing and book production services. I’m also a certified ESOL teacher, and I am learning French and German. Besides reading and writing, I enjoy fiber crafts (spinning and knitting); music, especially choral singing; and hiking in the mountains.

I’m interested in prayer and contemplative practice, and I sometimes share thoughts from my spiritual journey. I’m currently in training to be certified as a spiritual director.

Welcome! I look forward to meeting you.

Lory’s published writing

Essays and Book Reviews


  • “Talitha, Koum,” poem in Christian Community Perspectives
  • Five poems in Agape Review
  • Name Calling” – essay in Braided Way Magazine
  • Opening a Pomegranate” – poem in Untold Volumes
  • Three poems in Soul Forte
  • “What the Rich Young Man Said” and “Advent/Lent” – Two poems in Kosmeo Magazine
  • Geode” – poem in Ekstasis
  • Untitled poem in Christian Community Perspectives
  • To Speak” and “Time Change” – poems in Amethyst Review
  • Mother” – a poem in The Way Back To Ourselves
  • A Poem’s Not a Thing” and “A Story,” – two poems in Time of Singing
  • Reunion” – prose poem in Verse/Virtual
  • “Annunciation” – poem in Solum Journal
  • Caught” – poem in Heart of Flesh Literary Journal

Review Policy

I am not actively soliciting review copies at this time. If you send me a review request, I will likely not respond; this is only a reflection on the volume of emails I receive, not on your book.

In the rare case that I do accept such a request, it is for review consideration only. I do not guarantee a reading or a review. Any review published will consist of my honest, unbiased opinion.