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I've been writing poetry for 20 years, and have taken numerous classes at the Writer's Center. I completed an MA in Writing at Johns Hopkins University in 2010. Check out my three books on Custody, Fishing for Light and Lopsided Love. I love to swim, travel, go to independent film when I'm not working or writing!

Background Information

I began writing after taking a "Creative Writing" course in the 90's. I settled on poetry because I thought I could develop a knack for it, and it took less time. I've been influenced by all my teachers...Tina Daub, Eamon Grennon, Reuben Jackson, Rose Solari..... I have a doctorate in social psychology and have taken on the task to provide imagery which reflects an emotional state. Although much of my earlier work is confessional and autobiographical, my later work is imagistic, about nature. I have chosen to write after the style of Pablo Neruda, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Marianne Moore and Emily Dickenson at various times, but prefer to use my own voice for the most part.I have written a great deal in form since 2008.

Birth Place
Bethesda, MD USA

I have been published in over 50 literary magazines, including WordWrights, a now defunct D.C. based literary magazine through which my three chapbooks have been published.

Additional Information

I have an publication in the "Great American Poetry Show" out of West Hollywood of "Regale Us." In addition, I have 6 poems inthe last three issues of the Federal Poet, and will be published in the forthcoming Gunpowder Review. California Quarterly will publish two poems in 201l. I have two poems in the Maryland Writer's Association anthology "Life in Me Like Grass on Fire." Tall Tales will publish my Narrative Poem, Sailing to Greek Islands and Broadkill Review just published three poems: Water Worship, I Remember Cheese and Sherry, and Rickards Lake.

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Westcott's Words
17970 SE 83rd Melody Ave 
The Villages FL 32162   USA
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I was a Senior editor of WordWrights magazine,have done a number of readings in the area, am a frequent attendee at the Writer's Center, and have taught poetry to elementary school children. In 2006, I received the Jenny McKeen Moore Fellowship at GW. From 2008-2010, I completed a Mastes in Writing at Johns Hopkins. In 2011, I self published two books of poems by Maryvale Elementary School children in 2011. I have had several poems published in the last few years. I completed my MA in Writing in 2010 from johns Hopkins.

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