My first piece of published writing came in second grade. It was a fabulous story about a family of shoes who were loosely based on my family. I thought it brilliant and like a Ralphie in A Christmas Story , I knew my teacher would give me an A, a book deal, hours of praise, etc. I didn't know that my poor penmanship, poor gross and fine motor skills and limited supplies would interfere with my attempt, The look on her face and the snickers of my peers squelched my dreams of writing publicly. I was in my 50's before I started letting my poetry out of the closet. I am 62 now, I am 40 year education veteran at my alma mater Sequatchie County High School. I have two grown children and four grandchildren. I write poetry, memoir, nonfiction and some fiction. I am happiest when I'm writing something or talking about writing with someone who understands. I am published in The 2019 Chattanooga Writers' Guild Anthology, and The 2020 Garfield Lake Review, The 2020 Chattanooga Writers’ Guild Anthology, the 2021 Appalachian Writers Anthology, Dorothy Allison Version and The American Diversity Report, 2021/22 Women of Appalachia Project’s “Women Speak” anthology, the anthology, Beautiful: In the Eye of the Beholder, and in an online issue 82 2022 second quarter in Abyss and Apex. My memoir piece, Attention Deficit Lollapaloosa will be published in the Chattanooga Writers Anthology for 2022. I will have three pieces published in the Monterey Poetry Review in the fall.
Genres I write in
Nonfiction, Poetry, Humor, Short Stories/Flash, General Fiction