About Lory

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. I also maintain the odd job doing book design, editing, and proofreading, and teaching English to adults.

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

Besides reading and writing, I enjoy fiber crafts (spinning and knitting); music, especially choral singing; and hiking in the mountains.

My writing has been published in a variety of print and online publications, listed below. My book When Fragments Make a Whole: A Personal Journey Through Healing Stories in the Bible was published in 2024 by Floris Books.

Welcome! I look forward to meeting you.

Lory’s published writing


Book Reviews


  • “Talitha, Koum,” poem in Christian Community Perspectives (print only)
  • Five poems in Agape Review
  • 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
  • To Speak” and “Time Change” – poems in Amethyst Review
  • Mother” – a poem in The Way Back To Ourselves, reprinted in Verse-Virtual
  • A Poem’s Not a Thing” and “A Story,” – two poems in Time of Singing (print only)
  • Reunion” – prose poem in Verse-Virtual
  • “Annunciation” – poem in Solum Journal
  • Caught” – poem in Heart of Flesh Literary Journal, reprinted in Radix Magazine
  • “St. John’s Fire” – poem in Anglican Theological Review (print only)
  • Witness” – poem in Verse-Virtual
  • Announcement” – poem in Reformed Journal. Also read on the Reformed Journal Podcast.
  • Advent” and “Labyrinth” – poems in Amethyst Review
  • we cover up the roots” – poem in Poetry Breakfast

Prizes and Nominations

  • Honorable mention, Helen Schaible International Sonnet Contest for “St. John’s Fire”
  • Pushcart Prize nomination for “Relearning the Alphabet”
  • Finalist, Women on Writing Creative Nonfiction contest

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