As a child, I kept notebooks of favorite words, made lists of rhymes, and wrote down snippets of things people said. As a teenager, poetry became my outlet of choice (that as well as bicycling), and I followed that passion throughout my college and graduate school years, keenly aware that poetry might not be the way to pay my bills.
In graduate school, I taught both at the university-level and the community, and I also began working in publishing at that time. My work in the publishing field has been wide-ranging, providing me with a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to create a book (or any other type of publication) from start to finish. From book development and marketing to writing and editing, I’ve stood on both sides of the publishing fence–as a decision-maker on the inside and as a writer trying to get my own work published. My formal experience includes work in children’s publishing, university press publishing, self-publishing, and academic publishing.
I still teach workshops in the community, volunteer for a number of literary organizations, have the occasional privilege of reading my own work for audiences in the St. Louis area, and write with a lot of fine writers who I’m pleased to call my friends.