I’d like to say I’ve been a poet since I first held a crayon, but that would be a lie. Although I wrote the obligatory haiku and limericks of elementary school, I didn’t start writing poems (and really bad ones, at that) until my father died rather unexpectedly. I was 33 years old at the time, living halfway across the country from my hometown and trying to sort out life as a faculty wife and at-home mother of two. As I found myself channeling my grief into poetry, I was surprised and intrigued. Shortly thereafter I made the fortuitous connection with Gemini Ink in San Antonio, and my journey to learn and practice my poetic craft began in ernest. I’ve since earned a Master of Arts in Writing from The Johns Hopkins University.
For the better part of the past decade I’ve been writing about the town of Warren, Maryland. At the time of its destruction, Warren was home to about a thousand residents, who included my grandmother and her family. Persistence: Poems of Warren, Maryland, is my first published book of poetry, and I’m so very pleased to have the chance to share the story of the town with a wider audience.
When I’m not writing poetry, I work as a fundraiser. My previous jobs have included stints as magazine editor, freelance writer, and assistant director of the aforementioned San Antonio-based literary center, Gemini Ink. I currently serve as a poetry editor for Baltimore Review, and my poems have been twice-nominated for a Pushcart Prize. My work has also appeared in such publications as Baltimore City Paper, Little Patuxent Review, The Madison Review, Mezzo Cammin, The New Formalist, Passager, Rattle, and String Poet.