My two books of poetry are Island and Living Room (prose poems). My CIA is a lyric essay/memoir. My CIA was named a top ten book of 2012 by the Review of Art, Literature, Philosophy and Humanities and added to their ongoing list of great nonfiction reads. It won a Baker Artist Award; was showcased on Maryland Public Television’s, An Artworks Special; and was featured through an art installation co-produced by Maryland Institute College of Art’s MFA in Curatorial Practice in early December 2013 in Baltimore. I have published widely in literary journals and magazines such as American Poetry Review. I have an MFA in Poetry and an MA in English/Creative Writing. In 2011 and 2014, I won Maryland Individual Artist Awards (state grants in creative writing). I have been awarded finalist/semi-finalist status in the Emerging Writer Fellowship Competition, The Writer's Center, Maryland; the Joaquin Miller Cabin Reading Series, Washington, DC; the Autumn House Press Open Competition; The "Discovery"/The Nation Poetry Contest; the Poet Lore Narrative Poetry Competition; The Chester H. Jones Foundation National Poetry Competition; The Maryland Poetry Review Poetry Contest; and the fellowship competition, Summer Literary Seminars in Lithuania and Kenya, 2013. I teach Creative Writing at Stevenson University and University of Maryland University College.
Also, I was just notified I won a Gabehart Prize in Creative Nonfiction.
Publications and Prizes
My CIA: A Memoir (Telling Our Stories Press, 2012), Living Room: A Year in the Life of a Writing Mother (March Street Press, 2004), Island (March Street Press, 2002)
American Poetry Review, Caketrain, Margie, Plath Profiles
Maryland Individual Artist Awards (state grants) in 2011 and 2014,
Baker Artist Award,
Gabehart Prize in (Creative) Nonfiction