An award-winning poet, I received a B. A. in Creative Writing and Literature from Kirkland College in Clinton, New York, and an M. F. A. from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. My books include The Measure; Cradle of the American Circus: Poems from Somers, New York; Commonplace Invasions; and Rendering. I am also the editor of Lost Orchard: Prose and Poetry from the Kirkland College Community. For more than thirty years, I have worked as an educational writer and editor for textbook publishers and am the credited author of more than forty books for kindergarten through twelfth-grade students. I have been fortunate to contribute to a number of pioneering projects, including the first middle-level literature program. I live and work in New York’s Hudson River Valley in what was once the Pear Tree Hill School, which was built in 1830.