News and Events

July 29, 2020, my companion poetry chapbook, Gifts of the Seasons, Spring and Summer, will be published by Kelsay Books.  I’m delighted as they did a beautiful job with my first poetry chapbook and were wonderful to work with.  I do not have a tentative publication date yet.  I’m busy choosing possible photos for the book cover and editing my manuscript.  More information will be forthcoming.

My flash fiction story, “Tea Time,” was posted online at Flash Fiction Magazine July 27, 2020.  It’s a quick read about a touching friendship.  I hope you enjoy it and will consider posting a brief, favorable comment.

Exciting news– My debut poetry chapbook, Gifts of the Seasons, Autumn and Winter, is now available at Kelsay Books and Amazon.  The cost is $16.00.  It is a collection of 36 poems suitable for all ages.  I hope you enjoy the imagery and experience the beauty of autumn and winter scenery and activities.

My poem, “Farewell,” is included in Pain and Renewal, a poetry anthology, published by Vita Brevis.  I wrote the poem as I reflected on my last visit with Lori Fleming, a close friend and my yoga instructor, who lost her battle to cancer on June 30, 2016.  I am honored to have “Farewell” included in this anthology.  As of January 12, 2020, the anthology is available on Amazon for a very reasonable price.  This collection of poems would make a wonderful gift.

My poem, “Mermaid Tears” about sea glass and the NC coast, has been selected for the Proverse Hong Kong Anthology, Mingled Voices #4.  The announcement was made on November 21, 2019.  The anticipated release of the anthology on Amazon will be in late April, 2020.

Later in December, 2019, five of my poems: “Provider,” “Survivor,” Oppressive Night Drive,” “Resilient Reflection,” and “Web of Lies” will be posted online at Scarlet Leaf Review.  Also, my skinny poem,”Hour Glass,” will be included in the first anthology dedicated to the form of skinny poems.

For the month of October, 2019, my poem, “Precision Pilots,” about hummingbirds will be in storefront displays in New Bern and Winston-Salem, NC as part of Poetry in Plain Sight, a statewide poetry initiative.

For the month of September, 2019, my poem, “Autumn Acrobats,” about autumn leaves will be in storefront displays in New Bern and Winston-Salem, NC as part of Poetry in Plain Sight, a statewide poetry initiative.

As of September 1, 2019, my poem, “Waning Time” is now posted online at Twist in Time Literary Magazine.

As of July 1, 2019, my personal narrative, “Roaming in Yellowstone,” is now posted online at Twist in Time Literary Magazine.  

Two of my personal narratives: “Aerial Adventure” and “Thundering Hooves in the Land of the Giants” are included in the anthology Exploring, which is available on Amazon.

My personal narrative, “Unexpected Visitors,” is now posted online at Parks and Points, Southwest region tab.   My narrative is about Bob’s and my trip to Palo Duro Canyon State Park many, many years ago.  I hope you’ll read it to discover who our unexpected visitors were.  If you’re ever in the Texas Panhandle, make it a point to visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park.  It’s the second largest canyon in the United States.  The views are breath-taking.  When the sun rises and sets, you’ll see an amazing light show on the canyon walls.

The Women Speak Project will be on display at the Frank Gallery in Chapel Hill           March 8th- 10th, 2019.  The exhibit consists of paintings from Nancy Smith’s Women’s Series along with corresponding writers’ poems and essays.  My poem, “Altered Silhouette,” will be featured with Nancy Smith’s painting “Twilight Reflection”.   Sunday, March 10, 2019, from 2-4 PM writers, including me, will read their poems and essays.  The event is free and open to the public.  I hope you will come see the beautiful visual and literary art on display.

“Follow Your Passion and My Writing Journey” was presented to the Beta Omicron Chapter of NC Alpha Delta Kappa on Tuesday, January 15, 2019.