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As a teenager I wrote poetry, gave readings, was published. Then I grew up and lost the plot for nearly 40 years. After three kids, 27 moves, a successful career in communications, failed marriages and one that is working out wonderfully, I started writing poetry again in 2016.
Since then my work has appeared in over 50 journals, including Nimrod International Journal of Poetry and Prose, Penn Review, Mississippi Review, Gravel, Yemassee Journal, Into the Void Review and American Journal of Poetry, in several anthologies including WA129--the Washington State Poet Laureate's anthology and the Winston-Salem Writer's Flying South, in a political pamphlet/chapbook of my election poems entitled Body Politic published by Mount Analogue Press and on a Seattle bus as part of the Poetry on Buses contest, and the Seattle Poetic Grid.
I'm thrilled to have won the 2018 Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize, and to be named a finalist for 2018 Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, 2018 International Literary Awards Rita Dove Award in Poetry, 2018 New Millennium Poetry Prize, 2017 Patricia Dobler Poetry Award and Lauren K. Alleyne Difficult Fruit Poetry Prize, a semi-finalist for the 2017 Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the 2017 Knightville Poetry Prize and a nominee for both the Pushcart Prize and Best of Net in 2017. In March, 2018, Finishing Line Press published my chapbook Finding My Way Home. I am honored to be a poetry editor of the prestigious The Adroit Journal's editorial staff and to serve as a reader for the Tupelo Press Dorset Prize.
I am now studying for my Master's in Fine Arts in Poetry at New York University.
Thank you for reading and sharing in my writing.