Artist Statement & Biography
Poetry lets you break language down to its simplest pieces, then pick and choose among them to construct a package for your ideas and themes. I tend to write for teachers and children – partly a side effect of being an elementary school teacher – though I do write for all audiences as well. I love working on interesting requests.
I am a poet and educator based in Philadelphia, PA. Originally from Charlottesville, VA, I have lived in Philadelphia for nearly a decade and am currently a 4th grade teacher in Philadelphia public schools. In my off time, I direct a summer camp in the mountains of North Carolina. I am a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and have written over 200 poems.