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 was appointed Delaware’s poet laureate in May 2008 by Governor Ruth Ann Minner and served until December 1, 2015. I continue to work with the Delaware Division of the Arts and Delaware’s libraries and community organizations to bring poetry to Delaware, teach and advocate for the arts in education.
I am the Delaware state coordinator for Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry memorization and recitation program. I am an Assistant Editor with YesYes Books, an independent publisher of poetry and fiction.
My book Words for House Story (WordTech Editions, 2013) is a collection of poems celebrating “the house of our longings, our memory, and our hopes” (Fleda Brown). It was a 2015 “Best Book” selection at Beltway Poetry. I am the author of two award-winning chapbooks.
Recent honors include a 2017 VONA Residency in Prose with David Mura, and a 2016 Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellowship for a two-week residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. I am the recipient of a 2014 Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Foundation Fellowship in fiction and the 2015 Westmoreland Poetry Award. “Limón Homage” was a finalist for RHINO POETRY’s 2016 Founder’s Prize.
I have lived in northern Delaware the past 25 years and am in love with its forests, creatures and rivers. Now and then I get lucky enough to have a day of surfing at the Delaware shore.
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