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Bio:  I have been a voice artist for over 20 years, so you may hear me
on a national hotel chain’s on-hold telephone message one minute, and
a local car dealer’s television commercial the next! I’ve been in recording
studios, on theatre stages, and in front of TV cameras as well, and have
always managed to leave before security arrived.

At various times throughout my life, I’ve also been an actor, copy writer,
DJ, country dance instructor,  news reporter, cook, telemarketer, ice
cream scooper, and photography sales dude…and through it all, I have
yet to figure out how to make a living doing any of this.

Just to back up for a moment, I discovered poetry when I was in high
school. Yes, I had read children’s poetry when I was young, but I never
really paid attention to  poetry until high school. Then a free-verse poem
I wrote was selected for inclusion in a local college's literary magazine –
and I was hooked!

Over the years, I have had several adult poems published in various
independent collections (see “credits” for the complete list), and I have
had a number of children’s poems published (again, please see “credits”
for the complete list) as well. A member of the Society of Children's Book
Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) since 2010, and my debut picture book,
Flashlight Night (Boyd’s Mills Press) was released in 2017.


Children’s poetry:

- I Am Someone Else (Charlesbridge, 2019); "The One"
School People (Wordsong, Spring 2018); “Bus Driver”
The Poetry of US (National Geographic Books, 2018); “The Stratosphere
Hotel & Casino”
Poems are Teachers (Heinemann, Fall 2017); “Soccer Sides”
One Minute Till Bedtime (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016);
“Visit to the Forest”
- Young Adult Review Network (2016); “Last Autumn”
Lullaby and Kisses Sweet (Abrams, 2015); “First Tooth”
The National Geographic Book of Nature Poetry (National Geographic
Children's Books, 2015); “Rainbow Eucalyptus Trees”
Catch Your Breath: Writing Poignant Poetry (Capstone, 2015);
“Abandonment,” “Voice”
The Poetry Friday Anthology of Celebrations (Pomelo Books, 2015);
“Picky Eater”
Dear Tomato: An International Crop of Food & Agriculture Poems
(Carol-Ann Hoyte/CreateSpace, 2015); “Fair is Fair (A Lesson in Free
Trade),” “Pumpkin,” “Growing Greens”
Young Adult Review Network (2012); “Abandonment,” “Oceanside,”
“Apple-Stealing,” "The Beauty of Cataclysm," "Upon Setting Down the Pen"
- “Highlights for Kids” magazine; “The Snail and the Sloth," "Baseball Morning"
- Forthcoming: Lee Bennett Hopkins anthology (2020)
- Forthcoming: Lee Bennett Hopkins anthology (2021)

Children’s books:

- Flashlight Night (Boyd’s Mills Press, Sept. 2017)
- Don't Ask a Dinosaur (w/ Deborah Bruss) (Pow! Kids Books, April 2018)

Adult poetry:

- Except for Love: New England Poets Inspired by Donald Hall" (Encircle, 2019)
- Trigger Warning: Poetry Saved My Life (Swimming with Elephants
Publications, LLC, 2014); “Coming to Terms”
- Halcyon Magazine (Summer 2014); “Oceanside”
- The 5-2: Crime Poetry Weekly; (June 2013) “Flight,” (May 2014) “To
the Accused”
- Seasons of Change (Tall Grass Writers Guild, 2011); “In the Glen”
- The Licking River Review (2011); “Purgatory”
- Assisi: Journal of Arts & Letters (2010); “Francis and the Saint”
- Visions (Metamorphosis Publishing, 1989); “Bantam, CT ( July 1989)”
- The Henniker Review (1984); “The Situation”


- Poem “Last Autumn” selected by poet Margarita Engle as Runner-up
in Young Adult Review Network’s national “Enchanted  Spaces &
Places” poetry contest (2016)
- Recipient of the New England SCBWI’s Marguerite W. Davol
Scholarship for Pre-Published Authors for "Flashlight Night" (2015)
- Poem “Apple-Stealing” nominated by Young Adult Review Network for a
Pushcart Prize (2012)
- Poem “Wall in the Woods” selected for
The New Hampshire Writers
Project’s Poetry in Windows event (2012)
- 2nd Round judge for the CYBILS (Children’s & Young Adult Bloggers
Literary) Awards’ poetry, (2013, 2014), 1st Round panelist for poetry (2018),
and 1st Round panelist for graphic novels (2015)
- While production director of a number of radio stations over the course
of several years, was responsible for the various stations receiving over
25 awards for writing/voicing/production from the NH and VT Associations
of Broadcasters
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