I am a poet, mother, sometime scholar, and former college professor, living in the Los Angeles basin. I am a once-and-future traveler, a collector, a gardener, a cook, and a cancer survivor. I love to read other people's poems. I am an avid member of several online communities and keep up with friends (many of whom regrettably remain only virtual) via blogs and Facebook.
Join me on my blog (LINK ABOVE RIGHT) as I think about poetry--mine and others--and just generally document my writing life. I am not as active a blogger as I'd like to be.
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I talk about the chapbook, O Dear Deer,, in two new online essays, at Pasadena Daily Photo's Guest Author Series, and at Her Circle E-Zine's Writer's Blog.
The poet Laura Cherry and I interviewed each other as part of Boxcar Poetry Review's "First Book Author" series (Summer 2011 edition).
I was mentioned in the Hometown Pasadena news story about the May Day 2010 open house at Red Hen Press.
O Dear Deer,
A chapbook out from Squall Publishing (July 1, 2011), this text won the Eudaimonia Poetry Review Chapbook Prize. It was initially inspired by the experience of serving on an L.A. County Superior Court jury in 2009. An extended meditation on making choices, it imagines the other branches of the other paths we could be walking, even now. Poems from this collection have appeared in the Horse Less Review, the Eudaimonia Poetry Review, and The Driftwood Review.
The judge of the Eudaimonia Review Prize, Evan J. Peterson, said this about O Dear Deer, : "a stunningly rendered place of violent simplicity. It bewilders me while asking me to be wilder...a hypnotic landscape of image rhyme that is better than surreal--surrealism tries too hard. This is the dream space, the real dream space, and it feels effortlessly accurate. This collection shaves slivers from my bones."
In Defense of Objects
My first full-length poetry collection won the 2009 Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize and was published by Bear Star Press in Fall 2009. It contains poems written between 1999 and 2008. Some of those appeared in such journals as Diner, Harpur Palate, North American Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Alligator Juniper, and GSU Review.
The Girl in the Rear-View Mirror
This chapbook (in progress) documents the demise of a marriage in a series of experimental and abstracted lyrics.
Subject to Search
From object to subject in this second full-length collection of poems, currently in progress, which includes an extended, chapbook-length section of my "St. Nicholas of Tolentino" poems.