Bachelor of Science in Social science, Southern Oregon State University, 1994. Master of Fine Arts in English and Creative Writing, Mills College, 1998.
Creative writing and composition instructor Academy of Art, San Francisco, 2000—2001. Teaching assistent The Place For Writers, Mills College, Oakland, 1999—2000. Teaching assistant Stanford University, Palo Alto, 2001—2001.
Mentor/tutor Stanford, University, California, 2002—2002. Creative writing instructor ASA, Berkeley, 2002—2002. Intermediate and beginning fiction instructor University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, 2002—2003.
Member of Phi Kappa Phi (honorary).
Daughter of Daniel Lewis Pope and Elyse Allison Guirado, John Goertzel (Stepfather) and Kumiko Sakai (Stepmother).