Messages from Salt Water (Final days of Pre sales!)

So happy to announce that pre sales for my upcoming poetry chapbook have secured a press run of 250 books! Sales are still going strong. By Friday, May 10th (my pre sale deadline) Messages from Salt Water could potentially secure a press run of 500! Pre-order your advance copy today at to support local, beginning authors, like me!

Chapbook Pre-sales: Messages from Salt Water

Great news! Finishing Line Press is publishing my second poetry chapbook, Messages from Salt Water. Thank you, Andrea Tam, for the beautiful cover art, and Amy Manso for all of the book and promo photography❤️ Book pre-sales are already available on their website

Anyone looking for early birthday gift ideas for me, look no further! 😜❤️ Pre-sales Will determine my final press run this summer.





On the topic of Instagram Poets…

This article is a great read! As a teacher and a writer, I find the Instagram Poetry phenomenon to be at once encouraging and demoralizing… Is this new cultural wave nothing more than the propagation of ‘fast food’ consumption habits, or, does it (more optimistically) represent the positive resurgence of a ‘dying genre’ that is more accessible, more inclusive and a much needed positive form of written expression among today’s society, and for our young people, specifically? Would love to hear your thoughts!

Instagram Poetry is a Huckster’s Paradise

Third poetry chapbook almost done…

As the mom of a young child who also teaches full time, finding the time to write comes at a reasonably big expense…late nights writing after everyone has gone to bed leads to more than I usually care for bleary-eyed mornings and less than energetic days of parenting, teaching, wifeing, friending…I can’t help but wonder sometimes whether my quality of life would benefit from me lightening up just a bit, and not always being so focused on producing poems. Weirdly, it doesn’t seem like a choice these days. The week after my second chapbook manuscript was accepted for publication (Messages from Salt Water is due to release by summer of 2019), I began working on my third book (like the last, quite confessional – art, music and ‘performance’ are emerging as themes). As of tonight, it looks like it won’t be too much longer until this third book is done, although it’s pretty likely that I will fall down the rabbit-hole of feverish, compulsive editing for God-knows-how-long, as I am prone to, even at that the ‘done’ stage. That said, it’s an exciting and productive time, since as I work on completing my third book, two ‘travel’ chapbooks (one about Paris and the South of France; the other pitting the states of Nevada and Arizona against one another) are also starting to emerge and take shape. These two side projects and my strange little poems about the Ainu people of Japan, keep my mind and soul completely absorbed in my ‘poetry world’ when I do manage to make the time to write. This inimitable form of escapism is what makes the loss of free time, and the acquisition of fatigue and day time distractedness ultimately worthwhile, I suppose. For, much as I am prone to complaining about writing, times like this remind me of how much I enjoy crafting poems in the way that I like to read them, working and reworking language so that it might capture the essence of some important or special place, person, thought, or experience… Strange hobby, writing – it simultaneously feeds and depletes the soul, offers little to no monetary or public reward, yet there’s so much that I enjoy about it. Myself personally, I’ve been hooked since I was ten…