My writing of both poetry and creative nonfiction often comes from my many years working with people on the margins of society. I am most interested in character and narrative, using language that is lively and evocative to bring to life the people I've encountered. I have worked with "at risk" teenagers for over 26 years, teaching literature and writing. My book, "I Don't Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup" (Beacon Press, Mar. 2010)tells the stories of many of the teens I met while teaching in a county jail for the last ten years.
Publications and Prizes
I Don't Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup (Beacon Press, 2010)
Beloved on Earth (Holy Cow! Press, 2009), The Blueline Anthology (Syracuse University Press, 2004), Essential Love (Grayson Books, 2000), Queer Dharma (Gay Sunshine Press, 1998)
Adirondack Review, Blueline, Connecticut River Review, Contemporary Justice Review, Earth's Daughters, Embers, English Journal, Fourth Genre, Many Mountains Moving, Turning Wheel
A Death in the Family by James Agee; Little Dorrit by Dickens; The Time of Our Singing by Richard Powers