I am the author of Always a Blue House (Saddle Road Press, 2016) and In the Poem an Ocean (Big Table Publishing, 2011). My work has also appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies such as Calyx Journal, 13th Moon, and DoveTales “Nature” An International Journal of the Arts (Writing for Peace, May 2015). Two of my poems received 1st and 2nd prizes in the 2011 Maggi H. Meyer Poetry Prize competition. I blog at Poet Teacher Seeks World.
I manage to combine my love of words and poetry with my day job in public education. Having spent 23 years as a middle school English/Language Arts teacher, I now work as an instructional coach. This work involves helping teachers improve their reading and writing instruction. Luckily I still get to work with children without having to grade papers.
Born in Texas, I grew up in Chicago and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area 36 years ago. Even though I have almost settled down, I still travel as often as I can.