CURRICULUM VITAE

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EDUCATION
Master of Arts Creative Writing, Poetry Summa Cum Laude, St. Joseph’s University
Graduate Coursework Education and Art, University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Arts English Literature, Holy Family University
Associate in Arts Retail Merchandising, Peirce College
Certification for Teaching Religious Studies Program of Study, Holy Family University/St. Charles Seminary

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PUBLICATIONS:

Books:
Whatever Measure of Light, full-length collection of poetry. Aldrich Press, 2016
Food, Wine, and Other Essential Considerations—An Alphabet, full-
length collection of poetry. Aldrich Press, 2014
Waiting for the Light to Change, full-length collection of poetry.
Word Poetry/WordTechCommunications, 2013.

Anthologies:
Selfhood: Varieties of Experience. Transcendent Zero Press, 2016.
A Roomful of Truth: A Tribute to Lamont Steptoe. The Moonstone Press, February, 2016.
Poetry Ink 20th Anniversary Anthology, The Moonstone Press, 2016.
Dark as a Hazel Eye: Coffee & Chocolate Poems, Ragged Sky Press, 2016
Laurels: An Anthology of Pennsylvania Poets Laureate,
spring, 2015
Moonstone Poetry Series Anthology
, spring, 2015
Making Our Own Light,
BCCC Press, 2012
And the Questions are Enough,
BCCC Press, 2009

Periodicals (selected):
Poetry
The Ekphrastic Review
Dappled Things
Philadelphia Stories
Razor

Cider Press Review
Sarasvati (United Kingdom Journal)
The Penwood Review
Fox Chase Review
Ibbetson Street Press
Schuylkill Valley Journal
St. Joseph’s University Magazine
U.S.1 Worksheets
PaintersandPoets.com
Waukegan Public Library Online
Poetry Ink
Avenue
Freshet
Parable

Prose
Schuylkill Valley Journal
News Gleaner*
Northeast Breeze*
*Intercounty Newspaper Group, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, (details below)

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BROADCASTS:
NPR’s The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor, October 17, 2013, Poem, “Flying Lessons”
PCN TV, A Gathering of Laureates, Reading, East Wing of the Capitol Building, Harrisburg, PA. [with other Pennsylvania Poets Laureate from across the state of Pennsylvania, hosted by Melanie Simms].
QPTV Public Television, New York. Reading / Interview. Queens, New York, 2009. [with Tom Mallouk, hosted by Israel Halpern]
PhillyCAM community television, Moonstone Arts Mentor and Mentored Series. Philadelphia, PA. 2013. [with April Lindner and Angela Canales, hosted by Larry Robin].

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WRITING AWARDS/HONORS:
2017, One of eight winners of Rhythm and Verse Salon’s poetry and prose competition
2014, 2013 Pushcart Prize nominee
2012 Poem “Mother” chosen for Making Magic: Beauty in Word and Image, an exhibit of the work of 16 Philadelphia-region poets and 17 photographers, Michener Museum, Doylestown, Pennsylvania (exhibit run: November, 2012 through March, 2013)
2012 Runner-up, Robert Fraser Open Poetry Competition
2011 Finalist, Robert Fraser Open Poetry Competition
2010 Pushcart Prize nominee
2009 Poet Laureate, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
2009 Finalist, Robert Fraser Open Poetry competition
2006 Second place winner, 22nd annual international Ray Bradbury Creative Writing Award

INVITED READINGS (selected):
Red Bank Public Library, Red Bank, NJ
Adirondack Community College, Queensbury, NY
Princeton Public Library, Princeton, NJ
Temple University, Ambler PA
St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA
Third Street Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
The Margaret R. Grundy Memorial Library, Bristol, PA
Newtown Library, Newtown PA
Otto Bruyns Public Library, Northfield, NJ
Michener Museum, Doylestown, PA.
Ryerss Museum, Philadelphia, PA
A Gathering of Laureates, Harrisburg, PA
The Vintage Theatre, Scranton, PA
Carriage House Poetry Series, Fanwood, NJ
Mad Poets Society Reading Series, Wallingford, PA
Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Philadelphia, PA
Manayunk Art Center, Philadelphia, PA
Moonstone Arts Series, Philadelphia, PA
Newtown Bookshop, Newtown, PA
Panoply Books Poetry Festival, Lambertville, NJ
AAUW, Bucks County Chapter Bristol, PA
Women’s History Month Event, James Lorah House, Doylestown, PA

PANELS AND LECTURES (selected):
2012 “Poetry and the Arts.” The Anna Mary Williamson Library and Museum, Langhorne Council for the Arts, Langhorne, PA. Lecture: Ekphrastic Poetry.
2012 “How to Send Your Words Out into the World.” Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA, Panelist. [With Sandra Becker, Nancy Scott. Chris Bursk, moderator.]
2010 “Poetry for the Mind’s Joy.” faculty/student conversation with U.S. Poet Laureate, Kay Ryan. Library of Congress Poetry and Literature Center Teleconference, Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA. Faculty panelist [With Allen Hoey.]
2010 “Poetry Readings with Commentary.” Chandler Hall, Newtown, PA. Lecture (Ekphrastic Poetry) and Reading.

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE:
College/University:
Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ
Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA

High School
Nazareth Academy High School for Girls, Philadelphia, PA
Orr High School, Orr, Minnesota

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOPS:
Philadelphia Writers’ Conference, Philadelphia PA
Big Blue Marble Bookstore, Mt. Airy, Philadelphia, PA
Bucks County Community College, Newtown PA
Heritage Creek Community Workshop, Warminster, PA
Legacy Oaks Community Workshop, Warrington, PA
New Hope-Solebury Community School, New Hope, PA

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CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT (selected):
Created and developed:
Creative Writing: Poetry, Bucks County Community College, Continuing Education, New Hope-Solebury Community School—approved for Act 48
“Why Write About Art?” Program of presentations/readings of Poetry written in response to both well- and lesser-known world paintings
Celtic Art and Culture course for Bucks County Community College—approved for Act 48
Celtic Art and Culture Program for Youth, Bucks County Community College, and for various schools and other cultural venues in PA

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE (selected):
Judge, Charlotte Miller Simon Annual Poetry Competition
Judge, High School Poet of the Year competition, Bucks County PA, with Lorraine Henrie Lins
Judge, Student Poet Laureate, Temple University, student literary publication
Judge, High School Poet of the Year competition, Bucks County, PA, with Paula Raimondo
Committee for Composition, Bucks County Community College, Language and Literature Department, spring
Curriculum Committee, Bucks County Community College, Language and Literature Department
English Department Facilitator, incoming freshmen summer reading seminar, Temple University
English Curriculum Committee, Nazareth Academy High School for Girls
Merit Scholars Essay Judging Committee, Nazareth Academy
Middle States Accreditation committee, Nazareth Academy
Art advisor, campus literary magazine, Nazareth Academy
Moderator, senior activities, Nazareth Academy
Co-coordinator, graduation proceedings, Nazareth Academy
Advisor, National Honor Society, Orr High School
Advisor, Yearbook, Orr High School
Advisor, Drama Society, Orr High School
Director, School Theatre, Orr High School

OTHER PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Poetry Co-Editor, Schyulkill Valley Journal
Certified Writing Tutor, Bucks County Community College Tutoring Center
Writing Coach: poetry, fiction, memoir, essay, working with groups and individual clients (2011-present)
Journalist, News Gleaner and Northeast Breeze (members, Intercounty Newspaper Group), weekly feature/staff writer and photographer, Philadelphia, PA. Conducted interviews for, researched, and wrote weekly articles on a wide variety of subjects of local and national interest as well as providing accompanying photography
Editor, freelance literary works (novel and young readers’ literature), screenplays
Lecturer, Educational Programs: Teacher of Celtic art and culture at various schools in the Eastern Pennsylvania area through affiliations with Celtic Outreach, Bethlehem, PA and private schools, Bucks County, PA
Artist, specializing in Celtic design. Sold original paintings and prints in galleries, art shows, and at art festivals. Festivals over five-state area.

Art publications:
The Bucks County Writer, accompanying art, Volume 6, Number 3
Bardsong Journal, cover, Volume 1, Issue 2
Bardsong Journal, cover art, Volume 1, Issue 1
The Irish American, newspaper, cover art, Volume 2, Number 9
The Irish American, newspaper, cover art, Volume 1, Number 12
The Irish American, newspaper, cover art, Volume 2, Number 7

AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES:
Schuylkill Valley Journal, Poetry co-editor
–Writer: poetry, short story, memoir, essay
–Director Emeritus, monthly Poetry reading series, Farley’s Bookshop, New Hope, PA
–Poetry Master Class of Dr. Christopher Bursk, Bucks County Community College, member
—U.S.1 Poets’ Collective, member
–Alpha Epsilon Lambda, Graduate Honor Society, Omega Chapter, PA, member
–Lambda Iota Tau, Undergraduate Literary Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Chapter, PA, member
–Artist, watercolor, ink, oil, acrylic. Specialization: Celtic Art
—Singer and Musician, Cletus McBride & Company Band – Irish/Pop/Blues/Jazz

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