Welcome! I write poetry, fiction, and essays, and also work as a freelance copy editor. Please browse my site to see samples of my writing and to discover what I enjoy thinking and writing about. If you found your way here because you’re looking for an eagle-eyed copy editor for your project, save yourself some time by clicking on the “Copy Editing & Writing Services” tab above.

My poetry has been published in various literary journals, including Little Patuxent Review, St. Katherine Review, Welter, Off the Coast, Gulf Stream Magazine, and Pen In Hand. My short story, “Drink It Dry,” won The Briar Cliff Review‘s Annual Fiction Contest for 2019, and my poems have been finalists for two state-wide poetry contests (2018 and 2016). I also write essays and guest blog posts and am working on a novel. As a freelance writer and copy editor, I work with various clients in the corporate and non-profit sectors, as well as with individuals on their manuscripts. I had the pleasure of serving as the 2018 Poetry Out Loud Regional Coordinator for the Maryland State Arts Council. In addition, I am the editor of Among Worlds magazine and I work with Del Sol Press as an associate editor. A former high school English and homeschool teacher, I’ve also volunteered with an international relief and development agency. A few of my favorite things: electric scooters, spicy Sichuan food, hiking, fall and winter, and unhurried time to read.

If you are a writer, editor, agent or publisher (especially in the Washington, DC/Baltimore metro area), and you like what you see here, I would love to connect with you! Please contact me on this site or connect with me via LinkedIn.

As you start your journey through my site, let me send you on your way with this thought: In Out of Africa, Isaak Dineson (Karen Blixen) narrates how some Kikuyu farm youth responded to her recitation of poetry. It was the first time they had heard poetry spoken aloud, and their response takes my breath away: “Speak again. Speak like rain.” When I first read that, I had to stop and revel in the perfection of it. That is what poetry can do, what words can do—they have the capacity to refresh in a life-giving way, like rain.

(See my poem, “Speak Like Rain,” under the “Poems” tab.)

Photo: Jonathan Hicks