I was born in upstate New York, among architecture, tulips, partisan politicians, and determined lawyers. Growing up, I lived in Hudson Valley river towns, and learned to appreciate thunderstorms, brilliant autumns, and old buildings empty of everything but secrets. I attended college and studied Creative Writing, but I was writing long before that - I wrote my first short story (horror) at age eight; my first poem followed at age thirteen. In 2007, I realized I needed a change - a big change. I packed up and moved to Seattle, Washington. It's very different from New York, but it's hands down the most beautiful city I've ever lived in. The people here are different from New Yorkers too, but Seattleites have a charm all their own. Living in the Emerald City has a way of making one feel like Dorothy Gale.
In April 2012, I completed the Artist Trust EDGE Professional Development Program for Writers, and I can honestly say it was one of the highlights of my writing career to date. I have acquired a diverse and talented cohort of fellow writers, a collection of resourceful and successful former instructors, and enough information to satisfy even my insatiable brain (at least, temporarily). Artist Trust is a wonderful organization. Go learn more about them: artisttrust.org
Black Imagination Book Launch at Hugo House, January 24th, 2020 Facebook event
Featured Reader at Two Hour Transport, April 22nd, 2020