First Poetry Reading in 2019: Done!


This past Monday, January 7, I joined poet Tzynya Pinchback in a poetry reading on Quintessential Poetry, a BlogTalkRadio program hosted by Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram. The event, POV (Pinchback/Oldham/Viti), was planned by our colleague, Lynne Viti (who writes the WordPress blog Still in School) and was supposed to include her reading, too. Unfortunately, Lynne … More First Poetry Reading in 2019: Done!

Readings with Ralphie at Ikaros Restaurant Was a Great Event for a Great Cause


It was an honor to be the featured poet Thursday night at this special READINGS WITH RALPHIE event, especially since it was my first-ever poetry reading! Ralphie (Rafael Alvarez) hosts numerous readings by a wide range of authors in Baltimore throughout the year. But this event was a fundraiser for http://www.mothersetonacademy.org, a middle school whose … More Readings with Ralphie at Ikaros Restaurant Was a Great Event for a Great Cause

The Fringe Dweller


You know this type: The girl who won’t raise her hand to answer a question in class, even though she knows the answer Hands down. The awkward kid who can’t throw, can’t catch a pass, and gets picked last No matter what team. The girl seated at the kitchen table for dinner, who silently talks … More The Fringe Dweller

Change of Seasons


When I was younger, I hated Summer. All that heat, all that light exposing the dark corners of my soul. My season of birth is Autumn— October, when leaves of red and gold dance against crisp winds in a smoky mauve sky. Then, something changed. I embraced the Light of Summer (but not the heat): … More Change of Seasons

Home, At Last


The act of reclining on the swinging two-seater couch on the front porch, with my legs propped up on two arm pillows and a cigarette dangling between my fingers, was revolutionary. I did not care what my neighbors thought seeing me outside, or how I looked to the Sunday drivers barreling down my street, barely … More Home, At Last