Master of Arts Creative Writing, Poetry, St. Joseph’s University
Graduate Coursework Education and Art, University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Arts English Literature, Holy Family University
Associate in Arts Retail Merchandising, Peirce College
Certification for Teaching Religious Studies Program of Study, Holy Family University/St. Charles Seminary



Everything Counts, full-length collection of poetry. Aldrich Press/Kelsay Books, 2019
Whatever Measure of Light, full-length collection of poetry. Aldrich Press, 2016
Food, Wine, and Other Essential Considerations—An Alphabet, full-
length collection of poetry. Aldrich Press, 2014
Waiting for the Light to Change, full-length collection of poetry.
Word Poetry/WordTechCommunications, 2013


Fire Up the Poems: Poetry Prompts for High School Teachers by Bucks County Poets Laureate, Bucks County Community College Press, 2021.
Carry Us to the Next Well, Kelsay Books, 2020.
Art through the Eyes of Mad Poets: An Ekphrastic Poetry Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Mad Poets Society, 2019.
Poems for the Writing: Prompts for Poets, Texture Press, 2019.
Selfhood: Varieties of Experience, Transcendent Zero Press, 2016.
A Roomful of Truth: A Tribute to Lamont Steptoe. The Moonstone Press, February, 2016.
Poetry Ink 20th Anniversary Anthology, The Moonstone Press, 2016.
Dark as a Hazel Eye: Coffee & Chocolate Poems, Ragged Sky Press, 2016.
Laurels: An Anthology of Pennsylvania Poets Laureate,
spring, 2015.
Moonstone Poetry Series Anthology
, spring, 2015.
Making Our Own Light,
BCCC Press, 2012.
And the Questions are Enough,
BCCC Press, 2009.

Periodicals (selected):
E-Verse Radio May 7, 2019
Mezzo Cammin June, 2018
The Ekphrastic Review
Dappled Things
Philadelphia Stories
Cider Press Review
Sarasvati (United Kingdom Journal)
The Penwood Review
St. Joseph’s University Magazine
Waukegan Public Library Online
Poetry Ink
Fox Chase Review
Ibbetson Street Press
Schuylkill Valley Journal
U.S.1 Worksheets
Postcard Poems and Prose

Book Reviews
How to Wear This Body by Hayden Saunier. Live Oak Review, 2018
Aileron by Geraldine Connolly. Cider Press Review, Volume 21, Issue 3, 2019
Audubon’s Sparrow by Juditha Dowd. Schuylkill Valley Journal, 2020

Other Prose Work
Schuylkill Valley Journal
News Gleaner*
Northeast Breeze*
*Intercounty Newspaper Group, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (details below)


NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac, October 17, 2013, Poem, “Flying Lessons”
PCN TV, A Gathering of Laureates, Reading, East Wing of the Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA. [with other Pennsylvania Poets Laureate from across the state of Pennsylvania, hosted by Melanie Simms].
QPTV Public Television, New York. Reading / Interview. Queens, New York, 2009. [with Tom Mallouk, hosted by Israel Halpern]
PhillyCAM community television
Moonstone Arts’ Mentor and Mentored Series. With April Lindner and Angela Canales, hosted by Larry Robin. Philadelphia, PA. 2013.
Moonstone Arts’ Philly Loves Poetry Series. Focus on Irish Poetry. With Sean Lynch, hosted by Charles Carr. Philadelphia, PA. March 3, 2020. Posted on Youtube.
Moonstone Arts’ Philly Loves Poetry Series. Focus on Ekphrastic Poetry. With Eileen D’Angelo and Camelia Nocello. Streaming, July 7, 2020. Posted on Youtube July 8, 2020.


2017, One of eight winners of Rhythm and Verse Salon’s poetry and prose competition
2014 Pushcart Prize nominee
2013 Pushcart Prize nominee
2012 Poem “Mother” chosen for Making Magic: Beauty in Word and Image, an exhibit of the work of 16 Philadelphia-region poets and 17 photographers, Michener Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania (exhibit run: November, 2012 through March, 2013)
2012 Runner-up, Robert Fraser Open Poetry Competition
2011 Finalist, Robert Fraser Open Poetry Competition
2010 Pushcart Prize nominee
2009 Poet Laureate, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
2009 Finalist, Robert Fraser Open Poetry competition
2006 Second place winner, 22nd annual international Ray Bradbury Creative Writing Award

Whitman Stafford Farmhouse, Laurel Springs, NJ
World Above Poetry Series, Noyes Arts Garage, for Stockton University, Atlantic
City, NJ
Red Bank Public Library, Red Bank, NJ
Adirondack Community College, Queensbury, NY
Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ
Temple University, Ambler PA
St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA
Third Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, Bristol, PA
Newtown Library, Newtown PA
Otto Bruyns Public Library, Northfield, NJ
Michener Museum, Doylestown, PA.
Ryerss Museum, Philadelphia, PA
A Gathering of Laureates, Harrisburg, PA
The Vintage Theatre, Scranton, PA
Carriage House Poetry Series, Fanwood, NJ
Mad Poets Society Reading Series, Wallingford, PA
Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Philadelphia, PA
Manayunk Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
Moonstone Arts Series, Philadelphia, PA
Newtown Bookshop, Newtown, PA
Panoply Books Poetry Festival, Lambertville, NJ
AAUW, Bucks County Chapter Bristol, PA
Women’s History Month Event, James Lorah House, Doylestown, PA


2019 Poet in Residence, Reading and Panel presentation for DeSales University, in connection with the university’s MFA launch program. [With Anne Michael, William Greenway, and John Bargowski].
2012 “Poetry and the Arts.” The Anna Mary Williamson Library and Museum, Langhorne Council for the Arts, Langhorne, PA. Lecture: Ekphrastic Poetry.
2012 “How to Send Your Words Out into the World.” Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA, Panelist. [With Sandra Becker, Nancy Scott. Chris Bursk, moderator.]
2010 “Poetry for the Mind’s Joy.” faculty/student conversation with U.S. Poet Laureate, Kay Ryan. Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center Teleconference, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA. Faculty panelist. [With Allen Hoey.]
2010 “Poetry Readings with Commentary.” Chandler Hall, Newtown, PA. Lecture (Ekphrastic Poetry) and Reading.


Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA

High School
Nazareth Academy High School for Girls, Philadelphia, PA
Orr High School, Orr, Minnesota

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS: (click on LINK on homepage for specific details)
Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, Philadelphia PA
Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, PA
Bucks County Community College, Newtown PA
Heritage Creek Community Workshop, Warminster, PA
Legacy Oaks Community Workshop, Warrington, PA
New Hope-Solebury Community School, New Hope, PA


Created and developed:
Creative Writing: Poetry, Bucks County Community College, Continuing Education, New Hope-Solebury Community School—approved for Act 48
“Why Write About Art?” Program of presentations/readings of Poetry written in response to both well- and lesser-known world paintings
Celtic Art and Culture course for Bucks County Community College—approved for Act 48
Celtic Art and Culture Program for Youth, Bucks County Community College, and for various schools and other cultural venues in PA

Judge, Main Street Voices Annual Poetry Contest
Judge, Charlotte Miller Simon Annual Poetry Competition
Judge, High School Poet of the Year competition, Bucks County PA, with Lorraine Henrie Lins
Judge, Student Poet Laureate, Temple University, student literary publication
Judge, High School Poet of the Year competition, Bucks County, PA, with Paula Raimondo
Committee for Composition, Bucks County Community College, Language and Literature Department, spring
Curriculum Committee, Bucks County Community College, Language and Literature Department
English Department Facilitator, incoming freshmen summer reading seminar, Temple University
English Curriculum Committee, Nazareth Academy High School for Girls
Merit Scholars Essay Judging Committee, Nazareth Academy
Middle States Accreditation committee, Nazareth Academy
Art advisor, campus literary magazine, Nazareth Academy
Moderator, senior activities, Nazareth Academy
Co-coordinator, graduation proceedings, Nazareth Academy
Advisor, National Honor Society, Orr High School
Advisor, Yearbook, Orr High School
Advisor, Drama Society, Orr High School
Director, School Theatre, Orr High School

Poetry Editor, Schyulkill Valley Journal
Certified Writing Tutor, Bucks County Community College Tutoring Center
Writing Coach: poetry, fiction, memoir, essay, working with groups and individual clients (2011-present)
Journalist, News Gleaner and Northeast Breeze (members, Intercounty Newspaper Group), weekly feature/staff writer and photographer, Philadelphia, PA. Conducted interviews for, researched, and wrote weekly articles on a wide variety of subjects of local and national interest as well as providing accompanying photography
Editor, freelance literary works (novel and young readers’ literature), screenplays
Lecturer, Educational Programs: Teacher of Celtic art and culture at various schools in the Eastern Pennsylvania area through affiliations with Celtic Outreach, Bethlehem, PA and private schools, Bucks County, PA
Artist, specializing in Celtic design. Sold original paintings and prints in galleries, art shows, and at art festivals. Festivals over five-state area.

Art publications:
The Bucks County Writer, accompanying art, Volume 6, Number 3
Bardsong Journal, cover, Volume 1, Issue 2
Bardsong Journal, cover art, Volume 1, Issue 1
The Irish American, newspaper, cover art, Volume 2, Number 9
The Irish American, newspaper, cover art, Volume 1, Number 12
The Irish American, newspaper, cover art, Volume 2, Number 7

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