I am an award-winning and widely published poet, editor, teacher, and essayist and I’d love to help you improve your writing or strengthen your practice. We all know that writing in isolation can be daunting, lonely work, and collaborating with an experienced coach/editor provides valuable perspective and encouragement. Perhaps you’d like supportive critique of your poems, essays and op-eds, or a constructive, professional eye on your manuscript-in-progress. Or maybe you’re looking for accountability – a monthly check-in, for example, which could include critique of written work or encouragement for sending work out for publication (plus tips and tools!). I am also happy to help with fellowship, grant, and residency applications.
Wherever you are in your writing life, I will work with you to create a customized plan to help you meet your goals.
My own poems have appeared widely in journals and anthologies and in two collections, Whiskey in the Garden of Eden and Killing Summer. I have published essays and op-eds in newspapers around the country through the op-ed service OtherWords, in Sojourners, The Utne Reader, Poets & Writers, and elsewhere. I edited or co-edited Split This Rock’s Poem of the Week for 10 years, the Wartime Issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly, a special issue of Delaware Poetry Review, and three issues of POETRY magazine (you can find links to these journals on the Publications page).
I have received fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, Mesa Refuge, Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Adirondack Center for Writing, and the Lillian E. Smith Center, where I received the Writer-in-Service Award. And I’ve written hundreds of successful grant proposals for nonprofit organizations.
I also teach poetry workshops through Writers in Progress and have helped dozens of poets edit and refine their work.
My style is supportive and encouraging, helping writers find their way to the center of the work – and back out again. Contact me with any questions or for brainstorming the support that would work best for you: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m also happy to provide testimonials from writers I’ve worked with.
If this rate is prohibitive for you, please contact me to discuss my sliding scale fee structure.