The ForeWord Book of the Year Award Honorable Mention for When I Came West, 2011.
The Women Writing the West Willa Cather Literary Award Finalist in Poetry for Infinite Possibilities, 2010.
Finalist for the Colorado Book Award for Spring’s Edge: A Ranch Wife’s Chronicles, 2009.
The Western Writers of America Spur Award in Poetry for Across the High Divide, 2007.
The Women Writing the West Willa Cather Literary Award Finalist in Poetry for Across the High Divide, 2007.
Addison Trail High School Tradition of Excellence Award, November 2006.
Colorado Author’s League Writer’s Grant for Writers and Readers Literary Retreat at the Lucius Burch Center at Trail Lake Ranch, Dubois, Wyoming, August 2005.
Colorado Council on the Arts Technical Assistance Grant for Gunnison High School poetry residency, April 2002.
Louis Dreyfus Corporation Scholarship for the West Chester Poetry Conference, June 2001.
The Beryl Markham Prize for Creative Non-Fiction from Story Line Press for Spring’s Edge, 2001.
Murray Foundation Academic Scholarship for graduate work in writing, 1999-2001.
Colorado Council on the Arts Technical Assistance Grants for teaching two poetry classes, “Playing Around with Poetry” and “A Woman’s Perspective,” 2000.
Colorado Council on the Arts Literature Artist Fellowship for Non-Fiction, Spring’s Edge, 1999.
Colorado Council on the Arts Folk Art Mini Grant in conjunction with South Park City Museum, “Homestead Wife–Stories and Poems,” 1999.
Colorado Council on the Arts Young Audiences Artist Residency Roster, 1999-2001.
Colorado Council on the Arts TumbleWords Grant for “Create A Poem” Workshop, 1998.
Colorado Center for the Book, Colorado Book Awards Poetry Judge, 2004.
Women Writing the West, Finalist Reader in Memoirs for the Willa Awards, 2004.
Western Folklife Center Cowboy Poetry Gathering Steering Committee Member and Panelist for Artist Selection for the Twentieth Anniversary Celebration Gathering, 2003.
Young Audiences’ Creative Writing Artists-in-Residence Selection Committee Panelist, 2003.
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Wrangler Award Poetry Judge, 2003-2004.
Denver Women’s Press Club In-House Writing Contest Poetry Judge, 2002.
Western Writers of America Spur Award Judge for Poetry, 2000, 2003, 2004.
WyoPoets Chapbook Competiton Judge, 2000.
Western Writers of America Spur Award Judge for Best Westen Short Non-Fiction, 1999.
Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, First Prize Poetry for “Until I Run Out Of Thread,” 1998.
Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, Honorable Mention Rhymed Poetry for “Ordering Out,” 1998.
Finalist for the Colorado Book Award for Glass-eyed Paint in the Rain, 1996.
Dry Crik Review Chapbook Award for Blue Heron, 1995.
Wyoming Writer’s Writing Competition, First Prize Poetry for “Gathering Mint,” 1983.