I am delighted to announce that my full-length collection of poetry, Inheritance Of Aging Self, will be published next fall by Finishing Line Press. This book has been a few years in the making (I had to grow old-ish to write it!) and sooner or later I’ll probably write a longer description blurb, but for now I’ll just say that the title is a pretty big clue about the subjects that I tackle in these poems.
As we get closer to publication, I’ll be sharing a lot more about the book, and over the next few months will be tweaking this website and endeavoring to be a bit more diligent about social media, so stay tuned. And I should also mention that the book will be available for pre-ordering beginning this summer (a lot more about that later).
If you would like me to share a few of these poems at a reading, please get in contact, I’d love to discuss that with you!
One last note–as some of you know, I have also been actively creating art again after a long hiatus, working now in improv quilting and I am going to be posting some pictures of my quilts and more about my work here on this blog starting very soon. For now, I’ll leave you with a detail picture from a quilt that I titled, You Are Here, Or Maybe There. No guarantees of how long it will stay there, but as I write this, a larger detail of this quilt is also in the banner on my Facebook page. More coming soon, I’m still working on the photos.
I am delighted to have my poem, “My Grandmother’s Tea Cups” included in the anthology, “Is It Hot In Here Or Is It Just Me? Women Over Forty Writing About Aging” which is now available from Amazon! Profound appreciation to Janette Schafer, Nina Padolf, Wendy Scott, and Holly Spencer for all the hard work that it took to get this wonderful collection into the world!
My poem, Winter Beach, which won the 2019 Montgomery Writes! Poetry Contest is now online. Many thanks to the Montgomery chapter of Maryland Writers’ Association and Montgomery Magazine for this honor!
Many thanks to Reuben Woolley for publishing 2 of my poems on I am not a silent poet. It Wasn’t My Child and Conversation After The Fact are part of the collection of poems that I am writing about children and gun violence. I hope that some day these poems read as dated relics of a dark period in our history. Unfortunately, for the time being, they are all too relevant each and every day in this country.
Just in time for an end of the summer beach read (or early holiday shopping: I am delighted to have my poem, “Ebb Tide” included in the new anthology, You Can Hear The Ocean: An Anthology of Classic and Current Poetry, published by Brighten Press, edited by Gene Hult. You can purchase the book on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback versions and includes a reading guide for teachers and book clubs! I haven’t gotten my copies yet, but I am quite thrilled to find my work included in a collection that also includes the likes of a few poets whose work you may know–Shakespeare, Browning, Dickinson, Emerson…and more!
Many thanks to Foliate Oak for including three of my poems in their March issue. The poems are Mirror Image, White, and My Grandmother’s Tea Cups.
Fun bit of insider information–my maternal grandmother had a collection of tea cups that she kept in a glass front cabinet. She was a coffee drinker, but she didn’t use those cups for every day use. I wish I knew more about how she happened to collect them. After she died, I kept 2 of the tea cups and they sit on my bookshelves today.
My paternal grandmother drank coffee as well, but she also appreciated a good cup of tea and was the one who allowed me a sip of her jasmine tea. So while I wrote the poem referring to a singular grandmother, it is really drawn from my memories of my visits with both of them.
Thank you so much to Ann Bracken, Cherryl T. Cooley, Vivek Narayanan, Matthew Ratz, and Sarah Ann Winn for sharing their wonderful poetry at the 2nd Gaithersburg Poetry Reading! And thanks too to The Gallery at Chesapeake Framing for providing us with a great venue. I am working on getting more readings scheduled, stay tuned!