My first love has always been writing, and especially poetry. After a career that includes bartender, travel agent, sales, tax preparation, parking lot attendant, mannequin dresser, and being a mom, I returned to writing, and found my way into editing, publishing, and supporting others in their writing journey

Domestic violence was formative in my childhood, both shaping and coloring my choices and my life for many years. I know firsthand the healing power of poetry, and the empowerment that comes from writing and re-claiming one’s own narrative. Join me for workshops where we dig deeper into our own personal traumas and collective ones, and begin the healing process.

“Writing to Heal” is a workshop series that centers on participants’ healing by using poetry in the context of safe space to begin writing a new narrative for their lives. In 2018, I was co-awarded the Regional Artists Grant with funds provided by the North Carolina Arts Council and Arts Greensboro.

Founding partner & managing editor of Sable Books, I have had the sublime honor and pleasure of helping writers clean up and publish their work since 2013. If you have work that you’d like to get help with, reach out through my contact page.

And reminiscent of my travel industry days but filled with poetry (!!), one of the coolest things I get to do every year is work with Jacar Press co-organizing the annual Gathering of Poets, a poetry conference that maintains an intimate size and informal structure while inviting some of the most notable poets in the country and around the world. We are going on our 10th year and this year’s faculty roster is super-exciting and will fill up quickly — be sure to reach out if you’d like more information.