kakalak 2017

Kakalak 2017 is available for pre-order. Once again I am honored to have my work included in the upcoming issue. This year I have one poem and two photographs and I’m excited to see them in print come December. The cover price is $15, but the current pre-order discount price is $9, (though neither price includes shipping or applicable sales tax which PayPal will add at checkout). Place your order at the Main Street Rag Read More

kakalak 2016

KAKALAK 2016 is available for pre-order. One of my poems, entitled Eat, is included this year and I can’t wait to read all the other poems and enjoy the art work. KAKALAK 2016, a journal of poetry and art composed of work by North Carolina and South Carolina poets and artists, is now available for pre-order, that is, purchasing in advance of publication. How to Purchase: Go to http://mainstreetragbookstore.com/?product=kakalak-2016 and follow the instructions there.  This Read More

in search of paul

The weekend before Thanksgiving my family went on a scavenger hunt. We spent the afternoon combing the streets of downtown Winston-Salem. Up one street, around the corner, peering at windows, then back down the other side of street, around another corner. Didn’t we already go this way? Without a map, and without much indication of where our prize lay, our hunt felt somewhat random. All we knew was somewhere in the downtown area, on display Read More

kakalak 2015

Kakalak 2015 is available for pre-order. Isn’t the cover art stunning? In the past, I have had poems and photographs included in this wonderful anthology (I do have one photo included again this year). See a message below from the editors on how and where to order. KAKALAK 2015, a journal of poetry and art composed of work by North Carolina and South Carolina poets and artists, is now available for pre-order, that is, purchasing Read More

a quiet courage

Yesterday morning I submitted a few poems to A Quiet Courage. And to my surprise, they responded within just a few hours. They accepted two of my poems, Devoted, and Ember. A Quiet Courage is an online only publication that pairs photographs with accepted pieces. Their tagline reads: a journal of microfiction and poetry in 100 words or less. Sound like a fun challenge to you? I have yet to tackle this with fiction, to Read More

bits and pieces

Can it really be the last day of November already? I’ve been a bit AWOL lately with family vacation, sickness, writing retreat, thanksgiving. But so life goes. While at the retreat I received a certificate for best opening paragraph for the novel I’m currently working on. Then the week before Thanksgiving I heard that I am a finalist with that same novel in the ACFW First Impressions contest. Though contests can be quite subjective, it Read More


When I started this poem several years ago we did not have children yet. The purpose of writing this was for me to work through the emotions that came along with marrying into Big J’s family, never to be hurtful. Maybe you can identify with some of it? Mother-In-Law Are you pregnant? she asks across the land line the only thing she ever asks before requesting her son Her voice untethers me this woman I Read More


Though Big J and I struggled for years with infertility, as far as I know, I have never been pregnant. This poem, inspired by a dear friend, speaks to the ache we carry with us as we grieve all the losses infertility and miscarriage bring. Miscarriage Don’t  say you understand then ask us all to go around the table and say what we are thankful for I’ll laugh out loud when you tell me that Read More