About me

Growing up, I was obsessed with the performing arts—theater, dance, music—and how they could be used to tell stories and communicate a shared human experience. These days I am an artist of the written word, but I still strive to share the human experience in eye-opening ways. My creative challenge is to paint moments, coaxing out the natural musicality and rhythm of words as they bounce around within the sphere of my imagination.

My poetry appears in magazines, journals, and numerous anthologies. (View my publication list here.) I have also edited my own collections of poetry: The Best of Today's Little Ditty 2014-2015, 2016, and 2017-2018. My greeting card verse has been published widely in the US and UK by publishers such as Andrews McMeel Publishing, Blue Mountain Arts, Design Design Inc, Laura Leiden Calligraphy, Papyrus, and Watermark Publishing.

With a BA in Theater from Connecticut College, and a MS in Training and Development from Lesley University, I love to partner with educators and share my enthusiasm for poetry with students of all ages. Please contact me if you are interested in a customized creative workshop for children or adults.

Home is gator country (Florida, by way of New York, Boston, New Mexico, and Australia), where I write and watch the squirrels dart across my back fence. My life would not be complete without my husband, the Stargazer; my son, the Technowhiz; and my daughter, the Doodler of all Doodlers.


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