I am a fiction writer and poet. My career as a ‘word herder’ began at age twelve on Thanksgiving Day. Overwhelmed by savory aromas wafting from the kitchen, I wrote my first poem (which had nothing to do with food). Born in Detroit, Michigan, I am the youngest of three daughters. I received an English degree from Wayne State University. During my college years, I began publishing poetry, and was a recipient of WSU’s Tompkins Award in Creative Writing.

After moving to the Flint area, I became a certified teacher in Language Arts, and also completed graduate coursework at the University of Michigan-Flint. An educator for over twenty years, I’ve worn many hats: an adult education teacher, educational coordinator, as well as an academic interventionist at both the elementary and secondary levels. During my years at Carman-Ainsworth High School, I’ve served as both sponsor of the creative writing club, as well as editor of its annual magazine. I’ve also been active in a group of local authors, Writers as Instructors.

Besides being an avid reader and writer, I enjoy travelling and stargazing. I reside in Flushing, Michigan, with my husband, Tom, and two cats. Our daughter, Sarah, also lives in Michigan.