I was born in 1957 in Memphis, Tennessee and grew up in Wisconsin’s Fox River Valley. As a child, I pounded out poems on my toy typewriter and today count as my treasures… my great uncle’s stately, black Remington as well as my mom’s portable green-keyed Smith Corona.
In 1979, I earned a degree in creative writing and worked for many years as a professional writer and small business owner. In 2012, I recommitted to poetry and worked with a writing coach to develop my skills. Since that time, dozens of my poems have been published in a variety of literary journals including: Blast Furnace, NPR’s Tell Me More blog, Poised In Flight: An Anthology, Lantern Journal, The New Poet, Midwest Quarterly, Midwest Prairie Review, Reed, Xanadu and Verse Wisconsin. In 2014, her poem, "On Shawano Lake," won first prize at the Writers' Institute of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My poem "American Mother" was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize.
I also create fiber art using words, paper, fabric and threads. And now driftwood and sea glass and moss. I studied surface design at Peters Valley in New Jersey; the Split Rock Arts Program at the University of Minnesota; and the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. My work has been exhibited and sold at many regional art galleries.
After living in New York City and Kansas City, I now reside in Milwaukee and, to celebrate turning 60 in 2017, I decided to devote myself to writing and fiber art full-time. I'm working on a couple non-fiction and poetry books and am grateful for the extra sleep I get now that I don't have to wake at 4 a.m. to write before heading to my office.
The photo included here is my first scooter ride. In Vietnam! The Visual Art web page features samples of the work that trip inspired.