Memory narrative poems are the heart and soul of what I create. The style is something I am most comfortable with and feel that there is always a story to be shared. Crafting the poem often comes a rapid pace and sometimes the poem is nearly complete but other times, a poem may need weeks or months before the final poem is the best as it can be. I weave myths into the poems to help frame a reference for the speaker as she undertsands the nature of loss for example. My work now is a mix of memories mixed with musical references, Greek gods and goddess and images of the stark landscape of the southwest desert or the harsh landscape of Vermont in the winter.
My short stories focus on the struggles a character endures and the obstables she faces as she push through the barriers of poverty, abusive relationships or the deep grief of a loved one who died. The main character usually realizes or recognizes that despite the difficulty of a situation, she has a choice to stay stuck in an unhealthy, yet famliair situation or change her course and explore the unknown.
My poems have appeared in several journals such as Green Mountains Review, The Lucid Stone, Flying Horse, Two Hawks Quarterly, The Vermont Literary Review, The Valley Women's Voice and several others. I also have written three novels, and a colleciton of short stories, titled "No Normal Glory."
I currenlty teach English classes for the Community College of Vermont. I also serve as a writing tutor for the college. Prior to this, I taught at Lyndon State College, Pulaski Techincal College, The College of DuPage and Vermont Techincal College. I have roughly worked with around 300 students since 1997.
I earned my B.A. from Johnson State College and graudated with honors. I also earned an M.A. in English/Creatiuve Writing from Northern Arizona Univeristy.
I also was on the National Honor Society.
My fees are negotiable.