My summer reading list includes The Book of Joy and The Wisdom of Menopause. The Book of Joy is based on a week-long conversation between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, moderated and written by Douglas Abrams. The premise of their conversation was to answer the question: “How do we find joy […]
Summer 2019It's Summer Solstice and I am on the tailend of revisions for a full-length poetry manuscript. I'm feeling the heat from putting my head down and getting to work, and grateful to be at this final (fingers crossed) stage. Though it's just now summer, I am excited to have been accepted for a SAFTA residency in the fall. I'm not wishing away the summer days, but admittedly, I am dreaming about how my trip will coincide with leaf season. I suppose that is the conundrum of living in the moment and planning ahead.
BornWilder is not simply the name of a website. It was chosen in homage to my struggle in establishing identity during my late twenties. Woman, (single) mother, and writer. Often times the most significant decisions we make are ones that go unnoticed by others. Read the story here.
Read a New Essay
Barely South Review published my first true-blue (personal) essay, "Where Are We Going After this?" Here's one thing Managing Editor Shayne Clark had to say in his editor's note: "We are proud to present this volume, as none of these short works cut any corners, take the easy way out, or soften the blow. They stand on their own in defying the norms we all think hold society together, but when we stop and think about it are broken."
Listen to my First Interview
In November 2018 I served as writer-in-residence for NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green's SistaWRITE retreat in Ocracoke, NC. Peter Vankevich of WOVV 90.1 Ocracoke Community Radio, interviewed Jaki on her appointment as NC Poet Laureate, and then I talked about my journey as a writer, and my writer-in-residence experience. Listen now!
One aspect of my 2019 Self Care motto is to play more. In the spirit of a holiday week, I decided to offer a different kind of entertainment. I hope the crossword adds to your merrymaking, or provides a quiet respite on a busy day. Putting it together for you brought me a lot of […]
Last summer I gave a sermon at The Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist. An early draft included a section on the four stages of competence. It didn’t make the final cut, but the four stages provided me a new pathway to thinking about the learning process. Four stages of competence: Unconscious incompetence – […]