Published Work

Some works are hyperlinked—hover cursor over titles to view them.


  • “Accumulated Lessons in Displacement” The Baltimore Review, Maryland Writers issue, October 2019
  • “The Exile Speaks of Mountains” Little Patuxent Review, Summer 2018*
  • “It Wasn’t Odd” “Just Before” Relief – A Journal of Art and Faith, Summer 2018
  • “Hospitality” “Birth of the Girl-Child” “Remnants of Empire” Pen in Hand, 2017**
  • “Everything Is a Departure” Bloodstone Review, Issue #1, May 2015
  • “Cameo” St. Katherine Review, Volume 4, Number 3, 2014
  • “The Truth About the River” Welter, Fall 2014
  • “Chengdu Pastoral” Gulf Stream Magazine, May 2013
  • “The Coveted Gift” Off the Coast, May 2013
  • “Speak Like Rain” Tiger’s Eye Journal, Summer 2013
  • “Cicadas, East of Eden” The Penwood Review, Fall 2011
  • “God’s Sermon at the Eucharist” Time of Singing, Spring 2010

*”The Exile Speaks of Mountains” was chosen as Runner-Up in the Enoch Pratt Library’s 2018 Poetry Contest for Maryland residents. Watch me read this poem and two others at LPR’s summer issue launch event; or, listen to me read this poem and four others at the Enoch Pratt Library 2018 Poetry Contest celebration event (click the link above and scroll down to listen to or download the podcast; I’m the first reader, but I hope you have time to listen to the other amazing poets who also read their work).

**”Birth of the Girl-Child” won second place in the Maryland Writers Association’s Annual Poetry Competition 2016.




  • Winner, The Briar Cliff Review Annual Contest 2019: “Drink It Dry” (fiction)
  • Pushcart Prize Nomination (“Drink It Dry”)
  • Finalist—Enoch Pratt Library Poetry Contest 2018, “The Exile Speaks of Mountains”
  • Second Place—Maryland Writers Association Annual Poetry Competition 2016, “Birth of the Girl-Child”


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  • Debi Clifton

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