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, editor and arts-in-education advocate. I’ve taught creative writing classes at the University of Delaware, for non-profits and libraries, and for Delaware Division of the Arts I taught poetry at the DDoA writing retreat from 2008 to 2015. As state coordinator for Delaware’s Poetry Out Loud program I teach poetry writing and recitation to high school students and teachers.

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 chapbooks, Forage (2011), winner of the Whitebird Chapbook Prize, and Your Heart and How It Works (2009), awarded the Global Filipino Literary Award.

I have been fortunate to find writing community through a writing residency at Hedgebrook, and VONA/Voices of Our Nations as a 2017 Resident in Prose. I held three fellowships at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts  as a Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation Creative Fellow, and I am grateful for a 2014 Bread Loaf Bakeless Camargo Foundation Fellowship which allowed me to work on family stories that are part of my memoir-in-progress. It’s a story of surviving family violence and coming to terms with intergenerational trauma, my mixed-race identity and my parents’ secrets.

I grew up in Lakeland, Florida, where my Filipino father and German American mother settled our big family after many moves. For the past 25 years I have lived in the woods of northern Delaware. I like road trips, hiking, gardening native plants, surfing, drunken noodles, libraries, and hanging out with family– especially my kids and granddaughter.

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