I am fortunate to have been able to earn my living writing. As a journalist, I’ve covered everything from presidential elections and national conventions to courtroom trials. I’ve completed a citizen’s police academy, written restaurant and book reviews, a political column, investigative pieces and travel articles.
I’ve been humbled by winning awards and publication for my fiction, poetry and news reporting. Fiction awards include: Editor’s Choice Award from publisher Shaye Areheart, Carrie McCray Literary Award and the Historical Novel Society’s short story award. I was a finalist in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition for a novel in progress and for a short story, second prize winner in the Pen and Brush Inc. prose contest, second place in the 2006 Frontiers in Writing mainstream category and third place in its mystery, suspense and thriller category. Publications in print literary journals include: The MacGuffin, Black Magnolia, Santa Clara Review, Sojourner, America’s Intercultural Magazine, Larcom Review, River Oak Review, Peregrine, and several themed anthologies.
I’ve taught journalism at the University of Massachusetts and creative writing in the public schools. I believe in giving back for the opportunities I’ve had and led writing workshops for inner city teens and women. I’ve also edited three publications of writings by teenagers. I was poetry editor of Peregrine literary journal, president of the Pioneer Valley Press Club and participated in several Irish American Writers Exchange Programs in Ireland and in the United States