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 Delaware’s state coordinator for Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry memorization and recitation program for high school students. I work as an Assistant Editor with YesYes Books, and also edit for Delaware Poetry Review.

My full-length collection of poems, Words for House Story (WordTech Editions 2013), celebrates “the house of our longings, our memory, and our hopes” (Fleda Brown). It was a 2015 Best Books selection at Beltway Poetry  I have two award-winning chapbooks.

I’ve been fortunate to find community as a 2017 VONA Resident in Prose, and a 2016 Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow in residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. I have been the recipient of a 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.

After many annual moves, my Filipino father and German American mother settled our big family in Florida, where I grew up. I have lived in northern Delaware the past 25 years, loving its forests, foxes, owls and streams. Now and then I get lucky enough to surf down at the Delaware shore.

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