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Poetry
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"I believe poetry is the form we use when we cannot convey our truth in more normative ways. Poetry --like music, like art --is felt. But the beautiful part about poetry is the literal attempt to put those feelings into words. This makes it both excruciating and exhilarating."  ~Cheryl Seely Savage

"Some poems can be written in seconds. Brilliant things, these poems. Others take weeks, months, years... also brilliant things, because they're wrapped in sweat. My favorite poems are the ones written in a few days, when optimism is still high and the words sneak in quietly."  ~Cheryl Seely Savage

Although I've been writing poetry since I was old enough to write, I published my first poetry collection -- Give Me a Fragment: Glimpses into Motherhood, Depression, and Hope -- on my 40th birthday in 2019.

Since then:

  • I published two more collections:  Carve a Place for Me and   We Have Time

  • "This is Not the Shadow I Brought With Me" was shortlisted for the Lascaux Prize in Poetry 2022 

  • "Moonrise" was published in Exponent II Fall 2023 Edition

  • "The Only Thing I Hate About Kansas," "Memory of Smell," and "The Place Where I Wander" was published in Manhattan Neighbors Magazine (multiple editions)

  • Multiple poems from We Have Time were adopted by Dr. Alyssa Morris into a musical composition entitled “A Million Ways” which premiered on July 6, 2023 in Denver, CO for the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest

  • "Wrinkled Tablecloths" will be published in Inscape in 2024

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My next collection, Shadowing, will be released in 2024. 

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