Publications, Awards & Writing Contributions
Reading, Writing & Me
As a shy, serious child I found a safe haven and a world of fun and friendship in books! Two of my happiest childhood memories involve reading. 1) Lying on my bed, joyfully transported into the world of Narnia’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (and that turkish delight), and 2) Reading Cricket magazine with my neighbor and good friend Ellen, lounging on the twin beds in her bedroom. Didn't all friends read together?
One Christmas i received a little pink diary with a lock and enjoyed the thrill of documenting my thoughts and experiences for the first time. I began writing letters, and in high school became a great note-writer and exchanger. Who knew words could be so much fun?! Answering an ad from the back of a magazine, I also became short-lived pen pals with a few prisoners. After winning tickets from a local radio station, I attended a Beastie Boys concert and excitedly wrote a play inspired by the experience. I mailed it to the band, and not surprisingly, didn't get a response... :)
As a teen I began keeping a journal and writing poems to process my tumultuous thoughts and feelings. Dealing with a variety of issues growing up, I found (and find) writing to be my preferred method of communication. A die-hard introvert, I often find it easier to express myself in written words than spoken ones.
At St. Mary's College of MD, I studied creative writing with poet Michael Glaser and participated in two Intensive Poetry Workshops led by Michael and Judith Hall. I still appreciate their encouragement and suggestions, as well as the distinction of being treated as a "real" writer. A few of my poems and artwork were published in the college publication, The Avatar.
My Mom was an English major and teacher who also LOVES to read. She often took us to the public library, which became one of my favorite places, and still is. I could always ask my Mom what words meant or how to spell things, which was GREAT. She's the first person I knew who actually reads a whole book in one day...Now (on occasion) I do, too!
Since I’m an artist, I also thought it would be 'neat' to write picture-books. Ha! I realize now it’s a lot harder than it seems. I took several Book Illustration classes and decided to write and illustrate a story about our beloved rabbit and cat, Tyler and Rose... Fuzz N’ Bunny and the Jellybean Tree. The dummy is finished, and a few of the illustrations, but after numerous critiques and revisions it's officially on the 'shelf'!
(For printable version, click on image above.)
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