I began as a poet and children's writer but have branched off to short stories and novels. Love to write essays as well. Writing is my life line to worlds I want to visit. I have had a children's story "Frederick the Forgetful Rattler" published and it was even picked up by a produciton company in L.A. But like many things in L.A. after my two year contract was up--the company spun off in a different direction leaving behind with my snake. This proved to be a huge lesson, that hopefully I won't repeat. In the mean time, I have written twelve other manuscripts for children (including an updated chapter book version of Frederick titled "Frederick and His Fine Forest Friends). Also completed a novel, "Juliana's Truth" and had several poems published in anthologies; including the recent "Southern Rails" that appears in the book "Meanderings: A Book of Poetic Verse" by Diversion Press. Looking to put my recent M.F.A. in Creative Writing to work! Designed and taught Tell Our Stories, a writing/performance class that culminates with an evening of live storytelling. Students dive into their cultural heritage for a juicy tale to embellish and then perform. Loads of fun and a way to implement my theatre background as well.
Joyce Carol Oates Hemingway Margaret Atwood Tobias Wolfe Sherman Alexie Alice Walker Louise Erdrich Toni Cade Bambara, J.M. Coetzee, Langston Hughes
Dance, music, biking, hiking, theatre, the list goes on...
Eve Ensler and any organization that deals with issues supporting women and children and the advancement of their education.
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