I was in my late twenties when I first engaged with personal, creative writing. With two master’s degrees under my belt, I was an ace at academic writing. I also scribbled regularly in a journal. One day I looked at one of the journal entries I’d written so quickly, with such heat, and saw the bones of a poem.
I sat at my dining table for hours, my journal and a pad of paper in front of me, absorbed in writing a draft, crossing out, refining, shaping—the initial outpouring and then the application of craft, the polishing, the tending until a finished poem emerged.
Writing became an essential part of my life. To refine craft, I’ve taken part in workshops, writing groups, conferences, and attended graduate school, earning an MFA in Writing from University of Massachusetts.
I bring a deep appreciation for the process—and the joy—of writing to a range of writing tasks and to my teaching and editing.
- I am a versatile writer with expertise in education, social-emotional learning, mental health, stress management, wellness, diet and lifestyle, and gardening.
- I lead community-based writing groups where my primary goal is to create a safe space for words to emerge.
- I have many years experience as an editor and content developer for books, workshop materials, and multimedia professional development products.