Primarily a poet, I also write short fiction and personal essays.
Please see the "works" page for a list of publications and conference presentations, and a picture of my dogs.
My work focuses on the lives of the neurodivergent and their primary caregivers/families; life in Florida; and observations of human behavior. You'll also find conversations with other poems and works of visual arts.
The academic community in my department, university, and the world is like the best sandbox ever, with the coolest excavator toys. My research interests include: Poetry, the metaphors of mental illness in narratives, the work of Anne Sexton, Health Humanities, extended metaphor as strategy, Post-apocalyptic Fiction, Critical Reading Skills in College, Women Poets, Ekphrastic Poetry, World Fairy Tales, and possibilities in writing.
I love teaching more than I ever could have imagined. My students inspire me with their positive thinking, their unique interpretations of Fairy Tales, their bravery and vulnerability in their Poetry and Personal Essays, and their passion for knowledge in Neurodivergent Literature. It is my hope they all surpass me. Some of them are well on their way.