“A City On The Edge Of Your Border”

Last year, I was accepted into Indiana University/ Purdue University Indianapolis’s Religion, Spirituality and the Arts program. During that time, we studied texts and works of art in hopes of producing our own work. I am especially proud of a five part poem that I produced, and which is featured in IUPUI’s online exhibit. Along…

“Where I Have Been All These Years”

I wrote a poem for Brick Street Press’s Anthology, Reflections on Little Eagle Creek, and thankfully, they accepted and included it! The anthology featured poetry about Eagle Creek, which runs through Indianapolis. Among other things, my poem is about the fact that I didn’t even realize Eagle Creek literally ran through my backyard (back when…

Guest on the Of Poetry Podcast

Earlier in the year, I was honored to be a guest, along with Twila Newey, on Han Vanderhart’s delightful Of Poetry Podcast. To be featured on a Podcast that I regularly listen to while out on my walks was pretty surreal. Many thanks to Han and Twila for a heartening and fascinating conversation about writing,…

Featured at Tinderbox Poetry’s ‘Catching Up With’

I’ll admit I was surprised and incredibly pleased when Sarah Ann Winn from Tinderbox Poetry Journal contacted me to do a catch up interview about what I’ve been writing and reading! Tinderbox was one of the very first places to ever publish me, and I am eternally grateful! Click on the link to read my…

Featured In Naoko Fujimoto’s First Visual Found Poem!

I sent my friend Naoko Fujimoto prints of a few of my visual poems which she admired, and she was inspired to make her own found visual poetry from them! I love when a collaboration happens like this–just to know that my art has ignited a creation in an incredible artist and writer is a…

“Floral Lady’s Employer Files For Bankruptcy”

It was such an honor to be included in Rust Belt Publishing’s Indianapolis Anthology. Rust Belt has an amazing series of publications all from Midwestern writers. There are so many friends, colleagues and fabulous Indianapolis writers included in this anthology. Here is my contribution, a poem about my many years working as a floral department…

“Iris Basilica: Pagan Dance”

Many thanks to the Babel Tower Notice Board for publishing one of my Iris Basilica Visual Poems. These pieces were inspired by my love of Iris and the glossy gardening catalogs that advertise them and their outrageous varietal names. I started with collage, and I added a lot of paint, marker, cut out text, etc….

“Girl of Water, I Could Swallow a Garden”

I’m so grateful to have this piece in EcoTheo Review. Some of the lines from this poem began in my head (and in journals) 20 years ago, when I was working for the South Carolina Botanical Garden! For some reason, a couple of those lines came back to me recently, and they came back with…

“Beyond The Glass”

Many thanks to Joanna Valente at Yes, Poetry for publishing a piece of my visual art, Beyond The Glass

“Iris Basilica: 5 Visual Poems”

A huge thank you to the folks at Talking About Strawberries All The Time for publishing the first pieces from my series of Visual Poems: Iris Basilicas. Each piece also bears the name of the variety that was collaged into the poem. These pieces were inspired by the Iris varieties in gardening catalogues, combined with…

“My Shame Is The Bowl of Duck’s Blood Soup”

Shame has trailed me throughout my life and can really weigh me down. Once, someone asked me where I got my shame from. The easy answer is 13 years of Catholic school, but I know it’s more complicated than that. This poem is an imperfect meditation on that question. During the writing process, I paired…

Essay on My Process of Curating Visual Art Submissions

I was very lucky to be invited by Naoko Fujimoto to contribute to her series “Working on Something” Collecting Essays and Inspiration from poets! She requested that I write about how I curate the visual art and visual poetry for my journal, The Indianapolis Review. This was a daunting task for me and one that…