Poet, Creative Nonfiction Writer
Publications & Prizes
2018 Split Rock Review Chapbook Competition
2017 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest
2016 Romeo Lemay Poetry Prize
2015 Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize
2014 featured juried poet at Houston Poetry Fest
2012 The “Piccolo in Your Pocket” Contest from the Alaska Flute Studies Center
2010 Named one of 33 "Emerging Creative Minds" by SOFI Magazine
2008 Portlandia Chapbook Prize
2005 and 2004 Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Awards
Two Pushcart Prize nominations
Two Best of the Net nominations
Placed in the following: 2017 Virginia Society of Poetry Book Prize (for The Treasures That Prevail); 2017 Julie Suk Book Award (for American Sentencing); 2017 Lascaux Book Prize (for American Sentencing); 2017 New Millennium Competition #44; 2017 Locked Horn Press Poetry Prize; 2017 Palm Beach Poetry Festival Competition; 2017 Brittany Noakes and Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry prizes; 2017 Crab Creek Review Poetry Prize; 2016 Stephen A. DiBiase Poetry Prize; 2015 Atlantis Award from The Poet's Billow; 2010 Knight poetry prize; 2009 Patricia Dobler, Consequence Magazine and Earth Vision prizes; 1998 River Styx Poetry Prize.
For food and travel writing, first place in the Green Eyeshade/Society of Professional Journalists, Association of Food Journalists and North American Travel Journalists Association, and second place in the Les Dames d'Escoffier MFK Fisher Awards for Culinary Writing in the Cookbook category for Mango. From the Tip of My Tongue won "Best Woman Cookbook in the USA" from the World Gourmand Awards and came in third for Best in the World.