Upon her retirement from the legal profession, Dana entered the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast Writers program from which she received an MFA.
Dana had a stroke at the age of 23 and often writes about healing. Dana’s first book of poetry, The Left Side of My Life, was released in October 2015 by Moon Pie Press of Westbrook Maine. Garrison Keillor chose her poem, "To My Daughter Teaching Science," to read on the Writers Almanac. Dana’s poems and essays have appeared in a number of journals and publications. Dana has won several awards including an honorary mention in the 2013 Fish Poetry Contest. She lives in Portland Maine and Palo Alto California.