My English Major Life

First published at age 10 in American Girl magazine. Recently heard on National Public Radio reading my sonnets “Dumb and Brave” and “I Love the Lincoln Tunnel.” (Read the text of the poems here.) Along the way: poems, plays, essays, and 22 books, including business histories for my beloved company (thriving under new ownership) and the award-winning Perilous Journey of the Donner Party  (Zoom presentation available to schools, museums, and libraries). Rutgers grad. Authors Guild member. Ongoing passions: Broadway musicals, biographies and memoirs, cats, food, Italy, life in New Jersey, competitive Scrabble®, Steely Dan, and sharing my respect for words as a writing teacher and editor. Read my blog on Medium about engaging with life after the loss of a loved one (I’m @ThePracticalMourner).

“As spellbinding as fiction.” – Boston Globe

Corporate Historian

Currently I consult on business anniversary campaigns and help selected clients with “as told to” autobiographies.

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Creative Writer

My portfolio includes poetry, plays, essays, and nonfiction history books including The Perilous Journey of the Donner Party.

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Workshop Leader

Writers praise my workshops as supportive and amazingly productive.

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Editor & Coach

One-on-one help. Bring me your bare-bones theme, your pile of notes, your rough draft. Finish that project at last!

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Upcoming Workshops

Memoir: The Five Senses
Spring 2024

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