I learn that the writer's pen is a microphone held up to the mouth of ancestors and even stones of long ago.Alice Walker
I am a poet, essayist, teacher, editor and K12 arts-in-education advocate. I’ve taught creative writing at the University of Delaware, Delaware Libraries, Delaware Art Museum and other community organizations in the Mid Atlantic region, New Hampshire, Vermont, Michigan and Wisconsin. I served as Delaware’s poet laureate 2008 to 2015, the state’s first person of color to be so honored, and am a teaching artist and performance coach for Poetry Out Loud. I believe in bringing students to poetry and the arts! Both saved me.
My full-length collection of poems, Words for House Story (WordTech 2013) was a 2015 Best Books selection at Beltway Poetry. I have two chapbooks, Forage (2011), winner of the Whitebird Chapbook Prize, and Your Heart and How It Works (2009), awarded the Global Filipino Literary Award. Poems and prose appear most recently in Asian American Literary Review, Poetry, The Common online, About Place Journal and Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience.
I’m fortunate to have found writing community at residencies with Hedgebrook , and VONA/Voices of Our Nations. I co-founded The Decades, a multigenerational writing collective of BIPOC women. If you’ve been working on a complicated story and want to finish your book (that’s me!) I recommend The Unicorn Author’s Club, whose committed leadership and anti-racist principles have helped me grow as a writer and person, and connected me with talented writers.
My memoir-in-progress is about surviving violence and loss, including both parents at a young age. It is also about the complexity of growing up biracial, the tenacity of sibling love, and bonds of healing and belonging.
I love road trips, hiking, hanging out with my kids and family. Plants, backyard creatures, surfing, drunken noodles, and the smell books at the library. For the past thirty years I have lived in the woods of northern Delaware, on Leni Lenape land.
In 2021, I taught writing workshops such as Harvest: four sessions of 90 minutes, reading & writing poetry together; Practicing Poetry, a spring series of classes to renew connection with The Muse; and The Eye, the World and the Self: Ecopoetry (Eastern Shore Writers Association). To request info on virtual classes Contact me.
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