If you’ve read through my Homepage, you’ve already seen that I’m a poet—poetry being my first love as a writer. In graduate school I studied with April Lindner, Tenaya Darlington, and Melissa Goldthwaite at St. Joseph’s University, and am the author of three full-length poetry collections.
I’m fortunate to be able to combine my love of writing with my work since I teach writing and literature at Bucks County Community College, taught creative writing at Temple University for many years, and continue to present community writing workshops and programs in the Philadelphia region, 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 but the pilot whom I was interviewing turned over the controls to me —allowed me to fly the craft from the Northeast Airport down the Delaware River to Center City Philadelphia. Of course, he prepped me before putting our lives in my hands! What white-knuckle fun!
I also worked as a high school English teacher, as 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/Rock/Jazz/ 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! And we still play in different configurations, depending on the gig. Cletus is still going strong also as a solo musician and singer.
Above all, my family occupies much of my time and gives me most of my joy.