Living With Words

A pile of rainbow colored pencils

Where I’ve been

I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, graduated from Vanderbilt University in English and French, and earned an Master’s Degree in English  with an emphasis in creative writing at Austin Peay State University. I lived in France, Central Florida, and Italy before at last returning to Nashville to settle. I taught for many years and now facilitate writing groups for adults. My true vocation and deep pleasure is writing poems, stories, and essays. I love fiddling with words in all sorts of ways, exploring the multitude of variations in the way they work to inform and move, as well as how they work their influence in other languages. 

What I’m Doing Now

I’m sending out new poems to literary journals, and, for the first time, I’m beginning to send out stories and essays. I’m also working on queries and other materials necessary to interest an agent in nurturing my novel, Labyrinth, along to publication..

My Support

My family members listen fondly when I read new pieces, offer frank opinions, and celebrate loudly any successes that come my way. My friends listen patiently to me spinning ideas as I bounce them around for reactions. My writing buddies give me new ways to look at my work with their honest and astute criticism. And my students, as has always been the case, teach me constantly and inspire me with their insights, creativity, and talent.


I’m looking forward to reading my Lengthening of Days poems at Scarritt Bennett on January 28 at 7:00.

Ten people may listen in person, and anyone can tune in live on their Facebook page or afterward, any time, on YouTube. Their Poet’s Corner, hosted generously by Joyce Sohl, is a gift to the poets working in Middle Tennessee and beyond.

Conversations and Prompts

I welcome your questions and feedback about my posts. I may be offering some writing prompts here, too.