I’m an author, teacher, creative writing mentor,
sometimes photographer, former professional dancer and actress,
and a whole lot of other things.
Events, News & Publications
Publications & Profiles:
I’m honored to be interviewed in the September-October 2020 issue of The Blissful Pursuit Magazine. The magazine, which provides opportunities for youth writers to speak their minds on critical social issues, raise STEM awareness, and keep the art of creative writing alive among teenagers, is the brain-child of student-entrepreneur Anusha Bansal, who has studied with me at The Writers Circle for the last several years. (She started the literary journal to blow away her coronovirus isolation blues!) The Writers Circle Journal has launched its 10th anniversary issue, including a short story I wrote called The Ritual. It is a semi-autobiographical reflection on a moment of transition in a dancer’s life. Please read, share, comment, and enjoy. My latest personal essay, Potluck Dinners: From perfect to a step too far just published in the 2019 holiday issue of Edible Jersey. My dear writing friends from Madeleine L’Engle’s workshops and The Writers Circle will certainly remember some of those wonderful potluck gatherings! I’m so excited to see my guest blog post-–“Are you sure you want to know the future?”–shared on Madeleine L’Engle’s website. It recalls a moment I spent with Madeleine long ago and an invaluable lesson, one of many, that I took away from knowing her. Thanks to Charlotte Jones Voiklis for sharing my words and memories. And here’s my earlier essay, Food Confessions of a Former Dancer, from the Spring 2019 issue of Edible Jersey, Who knew a non-cooking former dancer had so much to write about food?
September 14, 2020: With all the challenges of the pandemic, I was so happy to return to the Montclair Literary Festival 2020 with a new workshop, Writing with the Senses, held online, of course. Hopefully next year, we’ll be back in person, safe and together!, 2019: I was incredibly honored to be on a panel with my dear friends Stephanie Cowell and Pamela Leggett at The Madeleine L’Engle Conference: Walking on Water in New York City, sharing our remembrances of studying with Madeleine years ago in New York City. Her workshop was my very first serious exposure to writers and writing practice, and what I learned from Madeleine has informed everything I have ever done with my own teaching and with the formation of The Writers Circle. The entire conference was truly inspirational, as have been all the experiences I’ve ever shared with the friends and writers I’ve met through Madeleine’s orbit. I’m so grateful to have been a small part of such a wonderful event. Read more in the November 26 Publishers Weekly article.
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