In late July of 2014, I created this blog for the simple purpose of disciplining myself to produce at least one poem a week that I consider finished. It’s always good to hear what people respond to in my poetry. My goal is to share some of my work with people who like to read poetry. If a poem of mine reaches out to one person who likes it, I’m happy.
In the past few years my writing has focused more and more on Japanese short form poetry: haiku, tanka, haiga and tankart. It has been an honor to be published in both print and online journals of real excellence. As this blog has evolved, I now post mainly published poems to give them a better viewing. On occasion a non-published poem is posted, but my goal has changed as my writing has changed in the past seven years.
So, who am I? I am an American who is a northerner by birth and upbringing, but I’ve lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina for 40 years and love life here where I live. My husband and I have one adult son who lives not too far away. We have been fortunate enough to travel a good deal both in the USA and abroad, and we have lived in London four different times.
I’m a retired reading teacher who taught for 34 years in both the private and public sectors of education in the USA. Literacy issues are important to me, and I like staying current on what is happening with world wide literacy efforts. I pray that one day literacy will be universal, along with world peace.
I have published my work extensively in both print and online journals. My chapbook, Erasing the Doubt, was published by Finishing Line Press in April, 2015. It is available through Finishing Line Press. I’ve also co-authored a book, A Giving Garden (©2009) along with friend and photographer, Debbie Suggs.
I hope you enjoy what you read here. Please stop in when you can.