Angel Chimes, my collection of Christmas and Advent poems, is forthcoming later in 2020 from Shanti Arts. My newest poetry book, I Call to You from Time came out in July 2019 from Wipf & Stock. My other full-length poetry collections are Practicing the World (CavanKerry, 2018) and Open Heart (Calyx Books). I am also the author of five chapbooks, most recently Wal-Mart Orchid, winner of the 2012 Helen Kay Chapbook Prize (Evening Street Press). My prose memoir The Accidental Pilgrim: Finding God and His Mother in Tuscany was published by Shanti Arts Press in 2015. I am a professor emerita from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania where I taught English and created and taught in the Women’s Studies Program. My poems and essays have appeared in such journals as Chautauqua, Prairie Schooner, Calyx, Image, The Comstock Review, The Cimarron Review, The Women’s Review of Books, Ekphrasis, Windhover, and in anthologies such as The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms (University of Nebraska Press), Claiming the Spirit Within (Beacon Press), and Nasty Women Poets. I live on the side of a mountain outside Wellsboro, PA, in the northernmost tier of the Appalachians among bears, deer, and bobcats. Today I spend my time writing, trying new things (i.e. acting in community theater productions and occasionally officiating and giving the message at Morning Prayer services) and teaching Tai Chi.

Other Works

  • Practicing the World

  • The Accidental Pilgrim: Finding God and His Mother in Tuscany

  • Wal-Mart Orchid

  • Open Heart