I have been a freelance writer for over twenty years and a poet for most of my life. I’ve published seven collections of poetry: Queen Anne in Winter (1990), Women of Steam (1995), Murmurs (2000), Smoke (2005), Closet (2010), Multiple Choices (2015), and The Green Bean Incident (2020) My book, There is a Crooked River, offers poems about the Maine woods for young readers. In 2003, I wrote and performed The Haiku Project, a playful celebration of 100 original haiku. In 2004, I was honored to author Elie Wiesel: Surviving the Holocaust, Speaking Out Against Genocide, a biography for high school students. I earned a degree in English and Theater from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Linguistics and Writing from Northeastern University which empowered me to teach in three New England high schools. Today, I offer workshops, write educational materials for a variety of clients, mentor writers, guide a monthly poet’s group, and actively volunteer at a natural foods co-op and a community garden. I share life with an inspiring local arts community, two sons, two dogs, a cat, a scientist, and three powerful granddaughters.