If you’ve read through my Homepage, you’ve already seen that I’m a poet–poetry being my first love as a writer. I’m the author of Waiting for the Light to Change published by WordTech Press (2013) and Food, Wine, and Other Essential Considerations–an Alphabet, forthcoming in September this year from Aldrich Press. I’m currently in the process of fine-tuning my new book, a focus on the lives of women.
I’m fortunate to be able to combine my love of writing with my work since I’m on the English faculty of Temple University where I’ve taught both poetry and fiction writing, and I teach college writing and literature at Bucks County Community College as well as present community writing workshops and programs, often on the intersection of art and writing.
Like so many writers, at least those I know, I write in other genres and have other artistic interests, as well. In addition to poetry, for example, I write essays and short stories, and also include journalism in my background. I worked for a time as a features writer with a couple of weekly newspapers in Philadelphia in the 1990s. One of the highlights of my time there was that I got not only to be a passenger in the cockpit of the Goodyear blimp in order to interview the pilot, but actually to fly it from the Northeast Airport down the Delaware River to Center City Philadelphia. A thrill to be sure!
I’ve also worked as a high school English teacher, a full-time artist, specializing in Celtic design and themes, and as a singer and percussionist–my main instrument is the bodhran–in the Celtic-Irish/Pop music band, Cletus McBride and Company. We played in the Philadelphia/New Jersey area, Ireland, the Caribbean, and for several years, on a float each year in the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day parade. Fun! (BTW, though I’ve bowed out, the band is still around in different configurations, depending on the gig. Cletus is still going strong also as a solo musician and singer.)
Above all, my family occupies most of my time as wife, mother, and grandmother to little ones who keep me smiling and in a continual state of awe and discovery.