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As a teenager I wrote poetry and was published. Then I grew up and lost the plot for nearly 40 years. After three kids, 27 moves, a successful business career, failed marriages and one that is working out wonderfully, I started writing poetry again in 2016.
It’s been a whirlwind since—my first full-length poetry collection, Give a Girl Chaos (see what she can do) is being published March 2019 from C&R Press’ Mastodon imprint, my work has appeared in over 50 journals, including Nimrod, Penn Review, Mississippi Review, Gravel, Yemassee Journal and American Journal of Poetry, in several anthologies, in a political pamphlet Body Politic (Mount Analogue Press) and in a chapbook Finding My Way Home (Finishing Line Press).
I'm thrilled to have won the 2018 Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize, and to be shortlisted for over a dozen prizes including the International Literary Awards Rita Dove Award in Poetry, New Millennium Poetry Prize, Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, Knightville Poetry Prize, Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, Patricia Dobler Poetry Award and Lauren K. Alleyne Difficult Fruit Poetry Prize and a nominee for the Pushcart Prize, Best New Poets and Best of Net.
I am now studying for my Master's in Fine Arts in Poetry at New York University and am honored to serve as Poetry Editor of the prestigious The Adroit Journal and to serve as a reader for the Tupelo Press Dorset Prize.
Thank you for reading and sharing in my writing.