My writing shapes idea and image into language and form, a journey to my river of truth. When I write—poetry or prose—I meander through a world of objects and memory. Sometimes it feels like I’m taking dictation from voices in my head.

I'm madly in love with words.

I write about journeys and seeking, serendipity and mistake, exile and home, abandonment and connection. I write about feeling like an observer, an outsider, out-of-synch with the mainstream world. I write in search of what I know but keep forgetting. I ask questions fully aware there are no answers. I write about getting lost and finding my way.

I like to play with words: their sounds and shapes, their look on a page, the musicality of letter and syllable, phrase and line. To juxtapose what I’ve felt, witnessed, and lived alongside the unrelated and unexpected. I like when I’m taken by surprise and forced to reflect on meaning. In my writing, I have found less is often more; I tend to favor the “one truer thing.”

I am drawn to narrative that celebrates life and lives, appreciate poetry that puts a moment into sharper relief and somehow elevates the humble, the seemingly mundane, and enchants it. I would like to have my own work inhabit both the personal and the universal, the secular and the sacred.


My first poetry chapbook, The Hours of Us, was published by Finishing Line Press of Georgetown, Kentucky in December 2007. A second chapbook, Eternity a Coal's Throw, was published by Burning River Press of Cleveland, Ohio in November 2012.

In June 2015, my full-length poetry collection, Every Door Recklessly Ajar, was published by Cayuga Lake Books in Ithaca, New York. Anchor and Plume Press of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, published my long poem, Great Hunger, in March 2016. In August 2016, I participated in the Tupelo 30/30 Project, writing a poem a day as a fundraiser for Tupelo Press.





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