Hello, and thanks for reading this. I hope your day has been going very well.
This WordPress site is a showcase for my blog posts, published works (current, future, and past), projects, events/readings, classes/workshops, my submissions, and the publishing process.
It is not advisable for writers to post drafts or newly-written works on public websites. Doing so makes a work “published” and most publishers will not consider previously-published works. For this reason I will not be posting drafts of works I plan to submit or have in the submission process with publishers. Poems and stories posted here have already been published and are copyright-protected.
I welcome feedback on items you see on this site and will do my best to reply in a timely fashion. See the “Contact” page here for information on how we can communicate.
A bit about me:
Like most writers, I am a story-teller at heart. I am also a teacher, problem-solver, and helper at heart.
I enjoy expressing myself in classes, in workshops, in conversation, and in writing.
I have been freelance writing and editing on-and-off on the professional level for over 25 years.
For over 25 years, college-level teaching has been my “day job.” I teach or have taught courses in communication, public speaking, mass media, film studies, logic, developmental English, and creative writing. I currently teach for-credit classes at Raritan Valley Community College in Branchburg, NJ and Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, NJ.
A disability-causing injury and the resultant surgeries, recovery, and physical rehabilitation forced me to come to terms with aspects of my life like no other event had in my past. It also impacted my mobility and curtailed my ability to work for several years.
During this difficult time, it took me a while to get to the point where I could feel creative and productive again, but once I did, writing became a HUGE outlet for me and an excellent psychological healing tool. This is one of several “silver linings” that I can take from this supremely challenging time in my life.
A good deal of my poetry has at its core my emotions of love for those closest to me who have stood by me, fear and anger and frustration at my injury, and reflections on people and events I have witnessed during this remarkable and sometimes harrowing time in my life.
Of course, life is all about moving forward and poems I write focus on the world beyond “me,” exploring politics, love, nature, memory and language.
Thanks again for reading. Take care.