A former city dweller, I live with my husband, the sculptor, Johnpaul Harris, in the wilds of southwestern Randolph County where I am fortunate enough to wake to the arpeggio of the pileated woodpecker soaring overhead. When I’m not musing on a metaphor, I’ll either be making jam or poking around an abandoned cemetery imagining the lives of the people sleeping under my feet.
Have you heard the magical voice of the wood thrush this summer? Don’t miss “Waiting for the Wood Thrush,” my first poetry collection, which is currently available through Finishing Line Press.
“Memory’s poems are fully human, and therefore fully real; they are moral poems, in that they lift the reader to a higher level of appreciation for the human world and the world of nature.” ~ Joyce S. Brown, author of the poetry collection Vital Signs, Orchard Street Press and former instructor, Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars
Read more about Waiting for the Wood Thrush.
My poetry and prose have appeared in many journals, magazines and anthologies, including Naugatuck River Review, The Thomas Wolfe Review, Pinesong, Wildlife in North Carolina, and Romantic Homes. Eureka Literary Magazine nominated my story Tamarisk, for a Pushcart Prize, and I’ve twice won the Doris Betts Fiction Prize sponsored by the N.C. Writers’ Network. My first novel, Naked and Hungry, was named a finalist in the 2009 James Jones First Novel Fellowship competition sponsored by Wilkes University and was published in 2011 by Ingalls Publishing Group.
My work has recently appeared in O. Henry magazine (“Pulling Up the Blackberry Bushes”), Women on Writing, (“How to Chop Onions Without Crying”), Carolina Woman, (“To-Do List of a First-Time Teleworker”), and Hardball Times, (“Running with the Bulls”), and is forthcoming in County Lines: A Literary Journal and the Food and Family edition of The Rumpus.
My favorite authors include Anton Chekhov, William Trevor, Flannery O’Connor, Shirley Jackson, and the poets Billy Collins, Jane Kenyon, Rachel Wetzsteone, and Charles Simic. Just to name a few….