Although born in Detroit, Michigan I lived in Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, and Iowa before my husband’s job brought us back to the state of my birth in 2006. My writing life has taken a similarly circuitous route: from writing effortlessly and prolifically as a child, to twenty-something years of not writing at all, to finding myself, at forty, on a path that seemed to offer the next right step just as I was ready for it.
My Amherst Writers & Artists training was one of those steps, and remains one of the three best things I have ever done. (The other two: marrying my husband and earning an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University Los Angeles.) Since 2004, I have led writing workshops privately, through adult education, at the Iowa Correctional Institute for Women, Lory’s Place, and the Box Factory for the Arts.
My work has appeared in Lyrical Iowa, Periphery, PATCHWORK, The Ambassador Poetry Project, at languageandculture.net and in Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose About Alzheimer’s Disease. I am currently working on a collection of essays entitled Never a Barbie, and blog at http://neverabarbie.blogspot.com.