I'm a native of Florida, currently living in Rhode Island. I was born in Melbourne, a distinction I share with Jim Morrison. Although Morrison only spent the first nine months of his life there, I spent the first twenty. That landscape informs my work: scrub pine, hardwood hammocks, salty breezes off the Atlantic, brackish breezes off the Indian River.
I began writing in my teens. Really bad love poetry was the bulk of my oeuvre in those days. My first publication—two of those awful, awful poems—was in the Camp Golden Valley newsletter in 1977. Since then, I've written plenty of bad poetry, as well as some pretty good pieces. I studied English at the University of Florida and later earned an MFA from Emerson College. My work, both poetry and fiction, has been published in a number of literary journals, including The Carolina Quarterly, Cimarron Review, Hawaii Pacific Review and The Masters Review, as well as the anthologies Forgotten Women and Shoreline. I've received literature fellowships from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities.
My novel, Burn Down This World, will be published by Adelaide Books in March 2020. Set at the University of Florida during the Vietnam War era, the narrative centers around Celeste and Reid Leahy, a sister and brother active in the anti-war protests that took place on campus in the spring of 1972. The best part: Jim Morrison makes an appearance.
I live with my husband and teenage son in a 1950s ranch with an original Youngstown kitchen in Barrington, a town that Money magazine ranked sixth on their 2005 list of the 100 Best Places to Live in America. Former director of the Ocean State Writing Conference, I now work in the Liberal Arts Division at the Rhode Island School of Design.