I grew up partly in central California—where I still have family --and partly in Pittsburgh—where I had my first fantastic poetry teacher. I’ve lived in the Washington, DC area, my chosen home, for most of my life. Studying poetry at George Mason University, where I got my MFA around 1990, was a joyful experience of immersion in writing. In 1992, my first book of poetry Only The Raw Hands Are Heaven won the Washington Writers Publishing House competition, bringing me into another writing community. My other books are In Yolo County and She Was a Cathedral, a collection of poems about remarkable women (Finishing Line Press). My poetry, fiction, book reviews, articles, and interviews have been published in Virginia Quarterly Review, Poet Lore, Colorado Review, Potomac Review, Grist, Sojourners, and many other magazines, and anthologies, and I’m a former poetry editor of Phoebe magazine. I now work as an editor with Educational Leadership magazine.