No, I am not a graduate of any writing program anywhere.  But I’ve always been a wordsmith, making a living on the page the way many writers do.  Some of my long list of word-related jobs include:  news radio producer (WWL New Orleans), legal proofreader, word processor, paralegal, biographer, newsletter editor, journalist, researcher, and professor.  But the main love has always been stories and poems. 


My novel The Coal Tower, set in Charlottesville, VA, is available now in softcover or e-reader on Amazon. 

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What’s the story about?  Here’s the jacket copy:

It’s Game Day at the University of Virginia, launching a new school year, when Charlottesville fills to bursting with incoming students, football fans and alumni.  Famed neurosurgeon Rainsworth Cannon and his equestrienne wife, their goth teenaged daughter and her train-hopping boyfriend, a cop and his wayward brother, all have been living for this day.  But they cannot imagine how at its end their lives will be changed and forever entwined by what goes down at the Coal Tower.

Young adult biographies:  Paul Laurence Dunbar, Jesse Owens, Dizzy Gillespie, Alice Walker, Elvis Presley.  Chelsea House Publishers, New York.  (Gillespie title selected for New York Public Library Best Books for Teens List 1993.)

Poems in Richmond Magazine, The Quarterly, Minetta Review, Mad Swirl, and Downtown.  My poems Your Peach and Mine and Immigrant Reflection placed in the 2018 Poetry Society of Virginia competitions.  Immigrant Reflection also placed 2nd in the 2018 James River Writers/Shann Palmer Poetry Contest.  My poem River Shadows was included in a 2018 anthology of Emerging Poets (Amazon link).

A pair of short stories were published in Turnstile and another in Northern Virginia Review.

I am the Tech Talk editor for OT Practice magazine.