I feel like my job is to bear witness and take notes, thus I write mostly nonfiction and poetry. I open my self up to readers in books like Childless by Marriage and Stories Grandma Never Told because somebody needs to tell these stories. Sometimes, when they're just too much, I turn them into fiction.
Publications and Prizes
Stories Grandma Never Told: Portuguese Women in California (Heyday Books, 1998)
A Cup of Comfort for a Better World (Adams Media, 2010), Oregon Stories (Ooligan Press, 2010), Cup of Comfort for Families Touched by Alzheimer's (Adams Media, 2008), Humor for a Boomer's Heart (Simon & Schuster, 2008)
Exhale, Snowy Egret, The Sun
Second place poetry, Write on the Sound competition; First place, poetry, Kay Snow Awards, finalist in the Chattahoochee Contest for creative nonfiction, Pushcart nominee.