I grew up on the edge of the Colorado Rockies. Our backyard bordered Pike National Forest, and wild irises nestled in the corners beneath aspen trees. Living in such beauty gave me a sense of wonder that finds its way into everything I write.

At age eleven I set up a studio in my bedroom closet and started my first novel. Sadly, I have no memory of what it was about! Since then my poetry, fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in more than fifty magazines. I’m the author of three  poetry books for grownups and several nonfiction e-books of creative writing ideas for kids.

I’ve spoken about writing and given poetry readings throughout the OKC metro area. I also teach adult creative writing classes at Francis Tuttle Technology Center.

My family came to Oklahoma in 1999. We now live north of Edmond with a few too many pets. When I’m not writing or enjoying my family, I take walks, sing, and experiment with new ways to cook lentils.