I’m a nonfiction writer and podcast contributor who lives in a little cabin on a big river in Northern Colorado. My work explores the intersection of women, social conditioning, and the power of nature to transform, and my essays and podcast episodes have been recognized by Colorado Humanities, Society of Professional Journalists, and Women on Writing. When not on assignment, I’m writing my debut memoir about running away from home, and into the mountains for five weeks, when I was forty-five. Learn more at beckyjensenwrites.com.
"Follow the Hula Girl"
At age forty-five, Becky Jensen ran away from home and into the Rocky Mountain wilderness to escape her life. With the ashes of her father stowed in her backpack, she marched for five weeks along the 500-mile Colorado Trail in a last-ditch effort to start living or die trying.
And she did almost die, alone, caught in a fierce electrical storm on top of a remote alpine mesa with nowhere to hide. “Follow the Hula Girl” recounts that harrowing day, the influence of her father’s suicide attempt on Becky, his legacy of profound love, and the journey to honor her dad's life by first honoring her own.
Awards and Recognition
- Top of the Rockies Award, Society of Professional Journalists, First Place Podcast, small newsroom division, (collaboration with Out There podcast on “Trial by Fire”), 2022
- Colorado Book Award, Colorado Humanities, Collection/Anthology category, 2020
- Pushcart Prize nominee, “Follow the Hula Girl,” 2020
- PRNDI Award (now PMJA), First Place Independent Podcast, (collaboration with Out There podcast on “Selfish Acts”), 2019