MFA (poetry and fiction), Spalding University
English Major/Art Minor course work, Madonna University
BS, Central Michigan University
Tecumseh Herald Publishing, Reporter: feature, column and hard news writing, editing, photography, videography, page design, web content, research, interviewing, magazine content.
Writing Consultants Network, partner: content specialist, workshops, manuscript review.
Baker College, adjunct English instructor: classroom instruction, curriculum development, lecturer, assignment development, student-centered learning.
Classes Taught: Composition I and II, Oral Communications, Language and Culture
Community Arts of Tecumseh, creative writing faculty: design various workshops for all levels in all genres of creative writing. Courses have included, fiction writing workshop, general creative writing and found poetry/altered books.
“Free,” Paterson Literary Review, 2012.
“The Art of Capturing a Waterfall on Film,” The Driftwood, 2011.
“A Day at the Chemo Spa,” Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems, forthcoming 2011.
“Mother Tongue,” “Photo on a Cellar Wall” and “Two Dimension,” Sweet Lemons 2: International Writings with a Sicilian Accent, 2010.
“Keeping up Appearances,” Human Voices: Anthology of Kentuckiana Metroversity Writing Contest Winners, 2009
“Sunday,” Public-Republic International, 2009 (reprinted with permission at Salamander Cove)
“Photo on a Cellar Wall” and “Sewing Pins and Salamanders,” Writers Reading at Sweetwaters Anthology, 2007
“Funny Face” and “Limbs Cast in Gold,” Mamazine.com 2006
“First Light” and “Birth of a Child,” Hip Mama Magazine, 2001
“Gaudi’s Eyes,” Bear River Review, 2003
“Power of Pebbles,” Cup of Comfort for a Better World Anthology, 2010
“Bending the Limb: Family Reinvented in Renee Manfredi’s Above the Thunder,” Human Voices: Anthology of Kentuckiana Metroversity Writing Contest Winners, 2008
“I left the church when I was 17. What brought me back?” Faith Magazine, 2009
“Michigan becomes inspiration for handbag designer with Adrian tie” Simply Hers Magazine, Nov/Dec 2010
Homefront Magazine, regular contributor since 2004
Rylan Harris Scholarship for the Midwest Writer’s Workshop 2012
Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest 2010, third place, local column
Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest 2009, second place, local column
Kentuckiana Metroversity Writing Contest 2009, second place, poetry
Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest 2008, third place, local column
Michigan Press Association Better Newspaper Contest 2008, third place, spot news story
Kentuckiana Metroversity Writing Contest 2008, second place, academic writing
Metro Detroit Writers Member Contest 2008, honorable mention, fiction
National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest 2008, second place, column writing
National Newspaper Association Better Newspaper Contest 2005, first place, column writing
Chelsea Poetry Contest, Chelsea, Michigan, 2004, honorable mention
Chelsea Poetry Contest, Chelsea, Michigan, 2003, first place
Midwest Writer’s Workshop 2012
Ann Arbor Book Festival Writer’s Conference 2012
Bear River Writers Conference, 2002, 2004, 2005; scholarship recipient
Detroit Working Writers Conference, multiple years
Successful Kids, Involved People, reading mentor, Britton School
Payback for Education, job shadow leader, Communities in Schools of the Tecumseh Area
Tecumseh Poetry Slam, organizer and judge
Tecumseh Rotary Club, past member and past president