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



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.

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

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


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].


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

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

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.


College/University–Courses Taught:
Bucks County Community College, Newtown, PA 2006-present
American Literature I
American Literature II
British Literature I
World Literature I
English Composition II
English Composition I
Introduction to Rhetorical Skills
Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 2004-2013
Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction
Women in Literature
American Literature I
Introduction to Literature
English Composition I
Developmental Composition
The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ spring, 2007
First-Year Writing
Delaware Valley College, Doylestown, PA 2007-2008
Composition II
Developmental Composition
Mesabi Community College,Virginia, MN 1980-1982
English Composition, Substitute instructor

High School-Courses Taught:
Nazareth Academy High School for Girls, Philadelphia, PA 1991-1998
College Literature and Composition in Advanced Placement English
Creative Writing
Literature: American, British, Multicultural, Women’s
Religion—Old Testament, New Testament
Film Studies
SAT Preparation
Orr High School, Orr, Minnesota 1980-1982
Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction
Poetry Appreciation
Literature: American, British, Multicultural
Discussion and Debate
St. Hilary of Poitiers School, Rydal, PA 1984-1991
Seventh and Eighth grade:
English–Writing and Literature
Religion–Church History, Old and New Testament
Art (drawing and painting)

Heritage Creek Community Workshop, Warminster, PA 2010-present
Creative Writing:
Short Story
Poetry (scheduled summer, 2015)
Legacy Oaks Community Workshop, Warrington, PA fall, 2014
Creative Writing:
Bucks County Community College, Newtown PA, Continuing Education 2002-2011
Poetry Writing
Fiction Writing
Celtic art and culture
New Hope-Solebury Community School, New Hope, PA 2010
Poetry Writing


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

2016, 2014 Judge, Charlotte Miller Simon Annual Poetry Competition
2012 Judge, High School Poet of the Year competition, Bucks County PA, with Lorraine Henrie Lins
2011 Judge, Student Poet Laureate, Temple University, student literary publication
2010 Judge, High School Poet of the Year competition, Bucks County, PA, with Paula Raimondo
2008 Committee for Composition, Bucks County Community College, Language and Literature Department, spring
2006-2008 Curriculum Committee, Bucks County Community College, Language and Literature Department
2005 English Department Facilitator, incoming freshmen summer reading seminar, Temple University, fall
1992-1996 English Curriculum Committee, Nazareth Academy High School for Girls
1992-1998 Merit Scholars Essay Judging Committee, Nazareth Academy
1995-1997 Middle States Accreditation committee, Nazareth Academy
1992-1997 Art advisor, campus literary magazine, Nazareth Academy
1992-1998 Moderator, senior activities, Nazareth Academy
1992-1998 Co-coordinator, graduation proceedings, Nazareth Academy
1984-1991 Coordinator of Junior High English/Art, St. Hilary of Poitiers School
1985-1991 Coordinator of graduation proceedings, St. Hilary of Poitiers School
1980-1982 Advisor, National Honor Society, Orr High School
1989-1982 Advisor, Yearbook, Orr High School
1980-1982 Advisor, Drama Society, Orr High School
1980-1982 Director, School Theatre, Orr High School

Poetry Co-Editor, Schyulkill Valley Journal
Certified Writing Tutor, Bucks County Community College Tutoring Center (2012-present)
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 (1992-1994), 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 (2001-present)
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 (2001-2005)
Artist, specializing in Celtic design (1990-present) Sold original paintings and prints in galleries, art shows, and at art festivals. Festivals over five-state area.

Art publications:
2005 The Bucks County Writer, accompanying art, Volume 6, Number 3
2004 Bardsong Journal, cover, Volume 1, Issue 2
2004 Bardsong Journal, cover art, Volume 1, Issue 1
2001 The Irish American, newspaper, cover art, Volume 2, Number 9
2000 The Irish American, newspaper, cover art, Volume 1, Number 12
1999 The Irish American, newspaper, cover art, Volume 2, Number 7

Schuylkill Valley Journal, Poetry co-editor
–Writer: poetry, short story, memoir, essay
–Director, 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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