Hi and thanks for stopping by. I live in San Francisco, California and have for decades even though I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri and have a mid-western accent, which means I pronounce the word wash as wersh, as in I wersh my clothes. I’m a retired high school English teacher and presently substitute teach two or three days a week, usually in Special Ed, as I recently discovered how much I love that population of kids.
Yep, I love kids of all ages, dogs, cats, the French language, even though I haven’t been studying it lately. I have a partner, two sons, a grandson I am helping to raise, a grand-dog I walk every day and I volunteer at the animal shelter working with dogs.
I love writing and am presently rewriting my novel about 78-year-old Zelda Harris (think a sexually active Miss Havisham) who is determined to win the fourth annual fashion beauty contest in a small South American town dedicated to elderly women and the young men who adore them.
My website is mostly a showcase for my work that has been published, although now and then I post some other work. My work has appeared on or in Quiet Lightning’s Sparkle and Blink, Fiction365, Lascaux Review, Poets Reading the News, Anti-Heroin Chic, The Skinny, Entropy (On Weather, #Final Poem, and Dis-articulations), Visual Verse, New Verse News, Plum Tree Tavern, Social Justice Poetry, the anthology Hers, published by Beatlick Press, Writers Resist, Eunoia Review, (The ABCs of Our Vagina, or New Vagi-words, April, 2017; The History of My Bladder, Or: The Salad Bowl / The Toilet Bowl, October, 2017; Old Woman on the Bus, January, 2018), 101 Word Story, Eskimo Pie, A Quiet Courage, Up the Staircase Quarterly (photography), 1888 Center’s Why We Write series, I Am Not a Silent Poet, Queen Mobs Tea House, Five:2:One, Haiku Journal, Literary Yard, and Bending Genres, and my essay on senior cougars will be published by Illuminations Galerie de l”art et la Poesie in May, 2018.
In January, 2017, I was a finalist in the 2017 San Francisco Writers Conference contest, in adult fiction. This was a very big deal for me.
In July, 2017, I was a finalist in UK’s Fortnight Poetry Contest for the poem I wrote entitled At Seventy. Yes, seventy rocks!