Bio

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, teacher and arts-in-education advocate, currently state coordinator for Delaware’s Poetry Out Loud program. I work as an Assistant Editor with YesYes Books, and teach “Introduction to Poetry Writing” at the University of Delaware (Fall 2018).

My full-length collection of poems, Words for House Story (WordTech Editions 2013) was a 2015 Best Books selection at Beltway Poetry  I have two award-winning chapbooks, Forage (2011) and Your Heart and How It Works (2009).

As a writer, I have been fortunate to find community at VONA/Voices of Our Nations where I was a 2017 Resident in Prose. I’m grateful for the support of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts  where I was in residence as a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow in 2009, 2012 and 2016, and for a 2014 Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Foundation Fellowship in fiction. 

After many yearly moves, my Filipino father and German American mother settled our big family in Lakeland, Florida, where I grew up. For the past 25 years I have lived in the woods of northern Delaware near the White Clay Creek, with the foxes, owls and kingfishers. Now and then I get lucky enough to go surfing at Cape Henlopen on the Delaware shore.

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