I have always loved words and foolin' around with them. As a child in the mountains of southwest Virginia, I relished the oral tradition of telling stories and listened to tales and poetry of the region and of family. Books and all those stories kept me company while I played in the woods and fields. There was always something to read, write, to talk about, or to imagine.
Though I've grown up a bit since then, my love of words and wordplay continues. As an actor, singer, and teacher of English and creative writing for 21 years, books and words have been at my center.
This love for writing sparked as I participated in the Amherst Writers & Artists (AWA) training workshop and retreat. I found the experience one of the most exciting and formative in my life and decided to lead groups of my own. I love talking to people of all ages about writing and my craft.
And the best thing is that since the workshop, I haven't stopped writing.
Summer 's poetry may be found in Ekphrastic Review,
The Rappahannock Review, and upcoming October issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly.