School Visits

I’m booking school visits now for 2017!

Contact me at to book

If you are in Brunswick County, NC one visit is free

I’m a professional presenter and performer as well as a writer and offer several programs for writing
based on sharing my personal book writing experience (and experience as a journalist, poet and playwright) with the students
Imagine That—Writing a Picture book that will be given to someone else to illustrate—thinking about who will
read the book and what it will look like as you write and tracing the steps of how I write
We will discuss concept of beginning, middle and end
Picture Book example—One of my four   Whoosh! Summer in a Bowl, Rosa and the Red Apron or Rosa’s Shell
Activity: Students will be “paired” (in groups) of writers and illustrators. Writers will put down a three or four sentence story or beginning of a story
and the other group will illustrate.
I will have a drawing/coloring activity for the opposite group to do while the others are working on the craft.
Reading my Poetry at Barbee Library
Middle and High School
From Idea to Publication
Using my book of short stories, Simply a Smile, the students will learn how I constructed my short stories(and still do!)
and how I choose a contest or publication to send to—work on following guidelines as well as story
Each student will construct a bookmark story—up to fifty words
we will read some in the class if the class is a regular size
If the class is a small workshop, we will workshop all (up to ten students)
Outside of Brunswick County, I offer reasonable rates—$250 plus travel expenses for two presentations of either middle
or high school and elementary or one each.

Anthology Week

This could be called Anthology week for me! I received three anthologies in the mail, all three contain poems of mine! One is from Poeming Pigeons, their Music Anthology–thank you , Shawn! One is from Arachne Press in England. It is their solstice anthology–Thank you Cherry Potts , and the third is an anthology of poetry for children from Brick Street Poetry–thank you Barry Harris!img_2116Arachne Press in England. It is their solstice anthology–Thank you Cherry Potts , and the third is an anthology of poetry for children from Brick Street Poetry–thank you Barry Harris!

One more thing! Silver Birch’s Nancy Drew anthology–thank you Melanie for including my poem–asked us all to photograph the anthology in our home territory. I took a photo of mine on top of my new Brunswick jacket.

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How About That–One More!

The 2016 Poetry Marathon anthology is now available to buy for 7.99 per copy! It isn’t on Amazon yet but will be soon. Thank you, Catilin Jans!

Today’s the DAY!!!!!!!

Rosa and the Red Apron is officially OUT in the world!

You can buy it online or just contact me ! You can send me a check for $15–12 plus 3 for shipping or if you live near me com by and pick it up!



Today’s the Day!

So, here it is! And what is Rosa and the Red Apron “about?” Some of you have guess ed that it involved cooking–and you are right!

But the story also deals with the importance of reading to a child and oh, yes, there is a third idea introduced too—they joy of giving to someone else. I know, tricky! I told you to guess one of two themes, but I was keeping number three under wraps until you saw the cover. There’s a lot packed into this little read-to for the kindergarten and younger set.

You can order it now from or wait until after November 30 when it will be on


One More Day! Can You Guess?

So, tomorrow, my cover reveal! Have you guessed the two topics in this book,

Rosa’s Red Apron?

Something good is coming!

Don’t you just love anticipation?

Stay tuned for my cover reveal coming on Friday!

Book Three in the Rosa series

Rosa’s Red Apron-the book has two themes–can you guess what they are?