from the poet

What can I say about my own writing except “I hope you like it?” As a teenager, I was influenced by poets Adrienne Rich, Gary Snyder, e.e. cummings, W.S. Merwin, Stephen Dunn, and Leonard Cohen—and later, by the languages and poetic traditions of China and Japan, their quiet narratives and graphic juxtapositions. Through poetry, I explore everyday mysteries, honoring the riddles and looking for peepholes onto the old roads, seeking musical ways to share our baffling human experience.

My latest collection of poems, Everyone A Bell, was published by Kelsay Books in March 2020.  My first book, Unpacking the China, was the 2016 QuillsEdge Press chapbook contest winner. 

. . . from a gifted poet who senses the dark urgency of our time and lives deeply with the question of what she can say that will last. Everyone A Bell is a book of vivid and bold acts of witness.”

—praise from Kendra Kopelke, editor of Passager


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