I am the author of four collections of poetry, including A Lake of Light and Clouds (Press 53, 2014). My work has appeared in numerous literary journals including storySouth, The Christian Science Monitor, North Carolina Literary Review, and many more; on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac and in Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry column, and has won multiple awards, including a Nautilus Silver Award for Poetry. I have taught poetry classes and workshops in libraries, universities, colleges, high schools, and other venues, and have spoken to women’s groups, book clubs, patients at our local Cancer Center and many other places, about the power of poetry to change lives and to connect us to our deepest selves and to each other. Folks who have endorsed my work include Peter Tork (formerly of the Monkees), Jill Conner Browne (#1 NY Times Best selling author), and Ron Powers, a Pulitzer Prize-wining journalist and author. My goal is to make poetry more popular than NASCAR!