I love to write. Whether poetry or fiction, if the time is mine—you’ll find me lugging journals and sharpeners and index cards in any number of improbable and inconvenient places. For original poetry, I prefer thick ink, for chapter drafts—pencil, and for revisions—tapping the keys on Word.
This site is new and a work-in-progress for me (and admittedly tests my ‘introvert nerve’)—but I’d love a place to share my own work and receive others’ works as well. You’ll find excerpts from the in-process The Other Dickinson (if you’d like more—ask—I cherish reader feedback), analyses of Emily Dickinson’s lesser known poems, and random blog posts about nothing essential.
This website spun out of a professor’s suggestion for the fiction, If you’re interested in more of the poetry, you’ll find me in Alexandria Quarterly, 45 Magazine, and Literary Yard.
If you’re in the market for an editor, I’m including a portfolio of my previous works, including snippets of edits and revisions I’ve provided to other writers. They’ll give you a feel for what to expect from me in an editorial role.
As for this site inspiration and my poetic hero,
I have been studying Emily Dickinson, her world, and her extraordinary works for approximately 8 years—and I’ll give you forewarning: She’s *still* inexhaustible.
This was after having soundly dismissed Dickinson when introduced about a million years ago in a post-lunch high school Lit course.
As a career educator since, my studies of Emily have always been my own personal creative exercises after work. The sheer depth of her craft—like how she manages pinpoint accuracy in word selection, yet still gives volumes of interpretation for any single poem—still simply amazes.
I’ll say it: She is unmatched.—Bring on the pitchforks
Equally as intriguing is the story of her life—mostly because we know so little of it. Conjecture in all realms abounds to this day, and arguments about her first person narration as /of course it’s biographical/sort of biographical/totally not biographical/how dare you/ pound the walls in endless classrooms.
When I returned for grad school, I pushed my Dickinson research into project after project, and ultimately, into a final thesis of historical fiction chronicling her journey. My current creative world is in fleshing out the thesis to full-fledged book form.
You can read more about it on the aptly named “About The Other Dickinson” tab. If you’re interested in giving it a read, or in giving me your opinion on a particular chapter I’m currently writing, I’d love to hear from you. (Honestly, drop me a message; if you got this far, I like you already. Thanks for reading.)