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Author's Bio

I have a major in creative writing and plan to complete a MFA program in poetry. I interned two years under Dr. Jimmy Santiago Baca, which included performing poetry readings at several national conferences, book fairs, poetry festivals, universities, and conducting writing workshops at High schools and prisons. After two years of instruction, he submitted my first poetry manuscript to Dr. Miguel Algarin, Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, and founder of the renowned Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City. The Nuyorican Press published my first book, Heart River Undertow, June, 2008. The introduction is written by Dr. Baca, and the after word by Dr. Algarin. My poetry is about social justice, prejudice, and self-actualization. My next book is a long poem about fear.

Publications and Prizes

Heart River Undertow (Nuyorican Press, 2008)
Encounters (Skinner House Books, 2010)
New Millennium Writings, Oregon Literary Review
I was invited to read at The Town Hall Theater in NYC, my poem, "I'm Not Thatwhiteman" in celebration of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe 35th anniversity.


Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Nobody's Son by Luis Alberto Urrea, Until I Find You by John Irving, The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama, Selected Poems of William Carlos Williams by Williams Carlos Williams, Last Dance in Havana by Eugene Robinson
Favorite Books:
Siddhartha, Don Quixote, Catcher in the Rye, A Place to Stand, Healing Earthquakes, Three Day Road, Love in the Time of Cholera, You Get So Alone, Captian's Verses, Three Cups of Tea, Howl
Favorite Authors:
Pablo Neruda, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Billy Collins, Denise Levertov, Williams Carlos Williams, Allen Ginsburg, Lisa Chavez, Pablo Neruda, Charles Bukowski, John Grisham, James Patterson, John Irving, Chever

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Listing last updated: January 7, 2011

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Born in:
Louisville, KY
Raised in:
Leitchfield, KY

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